“Requiem for My Mother” is an 11-movement major choral work written by composer Stephen Edwards to commemorate his mother's influence on him, both personally and professionally. He explains, “I began the Requiem as a way of dealing with my deep sense of loss at my mother's death in 2006.” The work earned high praise from acclaimed composer John Williams, who says it’s “heart-felt and honest,” and “a touching tribute to a Mother from a loving son.” The award-winning PBS documentary of the same name aired on WCVE PBS in celebration of Mother”s Day. The project features the 160-voice Continuo Arts Symphonic Chorus, including their 60-member children’s choir, and the City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra, under the direction of conductor Candace Wicke.
Stephen Edwards is best known in Hollywood as one of today’s most in-demand film and television composers. I hope you enjoy my recent discussion with him about his career and “Requiem For My Mother.”
Yours in good music,
Classical Music Host, 88.9 WCVE