Requiem for My Mother

Stephen Edwards

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  1. 1 Requiem Aeternam 05:24
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  2. 2 Kyrie 03:42
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  3. 3 Gradual & Tract 05:03
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  4. 4 Dies Irae 04:18
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  5. 5 Offertory 03:35
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  6. 6 Sanctus 03:40
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  7. 7 Pie Jesu 02:43
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  8. 8 Agnus Dei 03:37
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  9. 9 Communion 02:28
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  10. 10 Libera Mei 03:41
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  11. 11 In Paradisum 05:50
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Requiem For My Mother

Requiem for My Mother is an award-winning documentary and a compelling musical celebration of life and love, loss and acceptance. The film chronicles the personal journey of prolific Hollywood film score composer Stephen Edwards as he is forced to deal with the sudden loss of his mother, Rosalie Edwards, whose passion for music transformed his life and who was his constant inspiration. To deal with his loss, Edwards channels his anger, passion, sadness, and faith into a major new choral work — a “Requiem,” the traditional Catholic mass for the dead. The film follows the thrilling creation of the piece and the massive preparations leading up to its international premiere at a renowned music festival in Rome’s Vatican City. In collaboration with the Continuo Arts Foundation, along their renowned conductor Candace Wicke, the Requiem goes from a son’s personal lament to a soaring 160-voice choral performance with a 50-piece orchestra, staged in one of the most beautiful and sacred places in the world, the Basilica of St. Ignatius of Loyola in Rome. 

The film introduces us to the remarkable Rosalie Edwards, the beautiful daughter of Sicilian-American immigrants, proudly recalled by Edwards as a “typical 1950s glamour girl.” A mother of four, Rosalie was a dedicated musician who instilled her love of music in her children and became their biggest champion. Through vintage photos, old home movies, and interviews with his siblings, Edwards shares his memories of his mother and his Michigan upbringing. Rosalie’s story is intercut with the nerve-wracking preparations for the Requiem’s debut as conductor Wicke, a friend of Rosalie’s, and Edwards travel to rehearsals in Wisconsin, Miami and New York, as amateur choirs from far-flung parishes are painstakingly taught the piece. With time running out, the question looms. Will this massive choir, along with members from the Prague Philharmonic — with only one rehearsal — rise to the occasion for the most important musical moment of Edwards’s life? 

A moving personal story as well as a rousing performance film, Requiem for My Mother reminds us of music’s power to transform grief into beauty, healing and hope for the future.

About Stephen Edwards
Michigan native and US and Italian citizen Stephen Edwards’ music education began at an early age, with training by his mother, Rosalie Edwards, followed by studies at Interlochen Music Camp and Lawrence University where he was recipient of the “Outstanding Classical Soloist” award sponsored by DownBeat magazine, and selected as a participant in the All-American College Orchestra National Talent Search sponsored by Disney.

Mr. Edwards continued his studies at the Dick Grove School of Music in Los Angeles, and immediately started working as a session musician for film and TV composers like Mike Post.  An avid pianist, he owns several Steinway pianos from many different eras, and frequently performs on soundtracks for film and TV, including "The Mechanic", "The Prestige", "Desperate Housewives" and many others.   He recently released his first solo piano album, "Piano Music from the Movies" which is available online or on CD.    A prolific composer, Mr. Edwards has scored more than 60 movies, from comedy to action, martial arts to documentaries. Current projects include “Boyka: Undisputed”, “Cops and Robbers” and “Stoic”.  He recently produced and co-directed a feature-length documentary called "Requiem for My Mother" about a new major choral work he composed in honor of his late mother that premiered at the Vatican.  Look for the film and CD soundtrack to be released sometime in 2017.

A Son’s Love for His Mother Becomes a Musical Masterpiece”

The Christian Review

Performed by the Continuo Arts Symphonic Chorus & The City of Prague Philharmonic Beverly Coulter, Soprano - Kristopher Jean, Tenor - Keith Spencer, Baritone Conducted by Candace Wicke

Stephen Edwards: “Requiem for My Mother” – powerful and emotional music”

Soundlooks Magazine

STEPHEN EDWARDS: “REQUIEM FOR MY MOTHER” – A WORK OF COHESIVE GREATNESS”

Video Music Stars

STEPHEN EDWARDS: “REQUIEM FOR MY MOTHER” – FULL OF GRAVITY AND IMPORTANCE”

Tuned Loud

CANDACE WICKE 
Conductor 

Hailed as a “true maestro,” conductor Candace Wicke has concertized across three continents, and is the Founder, President and Executive Director of The Continuo Arts Foundation. Wicke has shared the stage with world renowned artists, including the Vienna Philharmonic and Christoph Eschenbach, and made her Carnegie Hall debut in 2002 conducting the world premier of Imant Raminsh’s Symphony of Psalms with the Lourdes Singers and the New England Symphonic Ensemble. Her collaborations with composer Stephen Edwards include conducting the Continuo Arts Symphonic Chorus with the City of Prague Philharmonic for the world premiere performance of Edwards’ Requiem for My Mother at the Vatican. 

Wicke has conducted at some of the world’s most prestigious venues including Carnegie Hall, the first Festival Internazionale Di Arte Per Giovani Musicisti in Rome, Italy, the inaugural season of the Minuetto Music Festival, and the second Giovani Musicisti Festival in Rome, Vatican City, Assisi and Prague. Making history in February of 2014, Dr. Wicke conducted the first concert inside the Sistine Chapel by an American organization which included an encore performance of selections from Edward’s Requiem for My Mother. Ensembles under her baton have received national and international acclaim including concerts with Andre Rieu and the Johann Strauss Orchestra in Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall, the Turksoy Orchestra at Lincoln Center and the Music Center at Strathmore, the Global International Women’s Summit, Musica Mundi International, and Legatus International. Wicke served as chorus master for the world premiere of Disney’sThe Hunchback of Notre Dame with her Continuo Arts Symphonic Chorus, and is a popular guest conductor, adjudicator and master class clinician across the United States. As a champion of new music, Wicke has led world premiere performances at Carnegie Hall, and in Rome, Vatican City, Prague, Ireland, and Australia, among others. 
Wicke is the recipient of the 2014 Distinguished Alumni of the Year award from Evangel University, New Jersey’s 2016 Women of Excellence in Arts & Humanities Award Winner for Union County, and received a 2016 Congressional Recognition for dedication and excellence in Arts & Humanities.

Stephen Edwards: “Requiem for My Mother” – combines expressive warmth with dramatic force”

Independent Music News24

The Continuo Arts Symphonic Chorus 

Hailed by The New York Times for their “marvelous” sound and “rich choral singing,” the Continuo Arts Symphonic Chorus has performed for world leaders, including the Turkish Government and the Ambassador of Rome to the World, and at the world’s most prestigious venues and music festivals. The ground-breaking Chorus made history as the first American ensemble to sing inside of the Sistine Chapel in Vatican City. 

Renowned globally for world premieres, diverse repertoire, engaging performances, and international concert television and radio broadcasts, The Continuo Arts Symphonic Chorus recently performed the world premiere of Disney’s The Hunchback of Notre Dame. 

Founded in 2007, the Chorus, under the direction of Dr. Candace Wicke, has performed across the United States and abroad including appearances at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, the Music Center at Strathmore, and the Vatican, as well as tours through Ireland, Italy, and the Czech Republic, among others. Its inaugural concert took place in 2008 at the prestigious Festival Pro Musica E Arte Sacra in Rome. 

The Continuo Arts Symphonic Chorus is a part of The Continuo Arts Foundation, a 501(c)3 charitable organization that makes its home in Summit, New Jersey.  Comprised of singers of all ages, The Continuo Arts Foundation offers music education through an intergenerational choral program, summer musical theater conservatory, and provides performance opportunities for singers locally and around the world. 

For more information, visit www.continuoarts.com

Stephen Edwards: “Requiem for My Mother” – a myriad of moods and nuances”

Review Indie

Stephen Edwards: “Requiem for My Mother” – combines expressive warmth with dramatic force”

Independent Music News24

Stephen Edwards: “Requiem for My Mother” expresses poignancy and pathos ”

Jamsphere Magazine

Genre: 
Classical Albums, Traditional Classical Albums, Top Classical Albums, Classical Digital Song Sales,
composer, film composer, movie soundtrack, film score 

Instrumentation: 
Symphonic, Orchestra, chorus, choral, violin, viola, cello, double bass,
contra bass, trumpet, trombone, french horn, tuba, piano, percussion, snare, bass drum,
cymbals, Timpani, Clarinet, Flute, Oboe 

Rhythm & Tempo: Please fill BPM and Description here 

Additional Descriptors: 
Intense, symphonic, Italian Baroque musical theatre,
rich in choral singing, dynamic, requiem, mother, mother's day 


 Stephen Edwards  
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