Stephen Edwards – Requiem for My Mother
Requiem For My Mother Recording by Stephen Edwards
to be Released on Mother’s Day Features Award-Winning Continuo Arts Symphonic Chorus
American Public Television Documentary with Soundtrack to be Aired Nationwide
May 4, 2017 – Requiem For My Mother by acclaimed composer Stephen Edwards is now available on CD and DVD and for download at www.requiemformymother.com, iTunes, Amazon and other retailers nationwide. The recording, which features the 160-voice Continuo Arts Symphonic Chorus, including their 60 member childrens choir, and the 50 piece City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra, is under the direction of conductor Candace Wicke. This ground breaking event was staged in one of the most beautiful and sacred places in the world, the Basilica of St. Ignatius of Loyola in Rome. The work is the soundtrack of the award-winning documentary of the same name to be aired on American Public Television nationwide in May 2017 in celebration of Mother’s Day (check local listings).
Requiem For My Mother is an 11-movement major choral work written by Edwards to commemorate his mother’s influence on him – both personally and professionally – from his first music lessons as a child to his career as a professional film score composer. Says Edwards, "I wrote Requiem For My Mother as a remembrance for my mother, Rosalie Edwards, whose passion for music transformed my life and was my constant inspiration. I began the Requiem as a way of dealing with my deep sense of loss at my mother’s death in 2006." Requiem earned high praise from acclaimed composer John Williams, who calls the work "heart-felt and honest," and "a touching tribute to a Mother from a loving son."
The documentary follows the thrilling creation of the piece and the massive preparations leading up to its international premiere at the Musica Sacra Festival in Vatican City. A moving personal story as well as a rousing performance film, Requiem For My Mother received an excellent early review from St. Anthony’s Messenger’s Channel Surfing with Christopher Heffron, declaring "Requiem celebrates family, memories and our universal search for healing – all of it set to heavenly music. Surely, Rosalie is smiling."
Stephen Edwards is best known in Hollywood as one of today’s most in-demand film and television composers, whose original compositions are featured in top-grossing films including the multiple Oscar-winning Dallas Buyers Club and over 50 other films. His greatest passions, however, are his choral and orchestral works. These include, in addition to Requiem For My Mother, Missa Brevis for a capella womens choir, under the direction of Candace Wicke which celebrated its’ premiere in 2012 at the Musica Sacra Festival in Vatican City, Ave Maria Mass, commissioned by Domino’s Pizza founder Thomas S. Monaghan (2004), and Christmas Time In The City (2009), both premiered at Carnegie Hall.
The soundtrack of Requiem For My Mother is Edwards’ third commercially released recording. Earlier recordings include his solo piano album, Piano Music from the Movies which pays homage to the film music that moved Edwards through his childhood, and Ave Maria Mass & Suite For the Americas, a 9/11 tribute album that has been hailed as a "magnificent work" and "a moving tribute to the victims of 9/11."
For more information on Stephen Edwards, Requiem For My Mother CD and documentary, and to listen to excerpts and view the trailer, visit www.requiemformymother.com.
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