Dan Forrest’s best-known work, Requiem for the Living, combines liturgical and non-liturgical texts in a powerful five-movement (40 minute) work that projects a wide range of meaningful expression- from deep sorrow, to the vanity and pain of existence, to a plea for mercy, and a celebration of eternal light and rest. The work stands on its own in any concert, but is especially moving for at All Saints or Good Friday. Scored for mixed choir with child and/or mezzo soprano solo, and tenor solo, with instrumentation available for full orchestra, medium orchestra with organ, or chamber ensemble with organ. 

Information below includes details of the three instrumentation options, ordering information, downloadable program notes, and texts.




Available in three versions:

  • Chamber Ensemble:    flute/oboe/horn (optional)/perc (1 player)/ harp**/violin/cello with organ.
  • Expanded Chamber Ensemble* (combines the winds, harp**, and organ parts from the chamber ensemble version with the strings and percussion parts from the orchestral version):    flute/oboe/horn (optional)/perc (1 player)/timpani (optional)***/harp/strings (recommended minimum 3-4.3- with organ.
    • *This is the version performed by Bel Canto on Youtube and iTunes.
    • **Harp part for chamber and expanded chamber versions is different from orchestral harp part.
    • ***Expanded chamber version may be performed with the chamber version’s single-player percussion part, if needed.
  • Full Orchestra: Winds, Brass 2 (or 4).2.3.1, Percussion (1 player), Timpani (1 player), Harp, Strings (recommended minimum


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Vocal scores available for sale through Hinshaw Music and other music distributors.

Full audio recording available digitally from iTunes, or as a physical CD from Hinshaw Music.

Perusal scores of all three versions available on rental ($15) from Hinshaw Music.

All three versions’ scores and parts for performance available on rental from Hinshaw Music.

Separate conductor’s scores (including beautiful hard-bound full orchestral scores) are also available for sale through Hinshaw Music.



For choirs who desire rehearsal tracks, former Chanticleer singer Matt Curtis (Choral Tracks, LLC) has a fine set available, with various options ranging from individual movements/parts, to a master license for all movements/all parts. Click here for more information.



(click to download; may be freely quoted in programs, papers, promotional material, etc)

Dan’s radio interview with Marjorie Herman for the Sounds Choral radio program, produced at The Classical Network and in Trenton, NJ.


(click here to download; all texts are public domain and may be freely quoted in programs, papers, etc.)