O rganised religion has attracted its fair share of first-rate music over the centuries, but while the more reflective Latin Mass can be counted on to offer a composer plenty of scope for clouds of incense and choirs of angels, there’s nothing quite like the fire and brimstone of the Requiem to ignite the musical imagination. To date, there are at least 2000 known settings of the Mass for the Dead, but where did it come from...

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