Sancti Michaelis

A latin Requiem Mass, in remembrance of Miguel Arnauts (1941-2018).

Music composed by Dimitri Arnauts


About the project


The recorded première of this Requiem took place during Miguel's funeral ceremony at Saint Catherine church in Duisburg, Belgium, on 17 February 2018.

The work was commissioned by the Vandenbempt-Devos family.


Composition, orchestration, study and direction of a Requiem Mass for vocal soloists (s/ms/t/b) and full orchestra for a family funeral, on a very tight timeframe of less than 10 days... The singers performed it without any prior rehearsal !


This 45' musical work comprises 14 movements - of which 3 are purely instrumental.


The performing soloists, from vocal ensemble Vocamabile, were:


Evelyne Bohen - Soprano

Miyaghi Osada - Mezzo-soprano

Robert Luts - Tenor

Bruno De Jonghe - Bas-baryton


view the music video of this requiem


commission a full performance (soloists, choir and orchestra)


 Michael (Hebrew pronunciation: [mixaˈʔel]; Hebrew: מִיכָאֵל‎, translit. Mîkhā'ēl, lit. 'Who is like God?'; Greek: Μιχαήλ, translit. Mikhaḗl; Latin: Michahel; Arabic: ميخائيل‎, translit. Mīkhā'īl) is an archangel in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.


In Roman Catholic, Eastern Orthodox, Anglican, and Lutheran traditions, he is called "Saint Michael the Archangel" and "Saint Michael".


In the Oriental Orthodox and Eastern Orthodox traditions, he is called "Taxiarch Archangel Michael" or simply "Archangel Michael".


Michael is mentioned three times in the Book of Daniel. The idea that Michael was the advocate of the Jews became so prevalent that, in spite of the rabbinical prohibition against appealing to angels as intermediaries between God and his people, Michael came to occupy a certain place in the Jewish liturgy.


In the New Testament Michael leads God's armies against Satan's forces in the Book of Revelation, where during the war in heaven he defeats Satan. In the Epistle of Jude Michael is specifically referred to as "the archangel Michael".


Christian sanctuaries to Michael appeared in the 4th century, when he was first seen as a healing angel, and then over time as a protector and the leader of the army of God against the forces of evil.


By the 6th century, devotions to Archangel Michael were widespread both in the Eastern and Western Churches.


Source: Wikipedia


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