Introducing the Berlioz Requiem - 3

The third movement of the Requiem, "Quid sum miser," offers an extended example of the more personal perspective of the individual soul in the midst of cataclysmic events. The simplicity of this sparsely orchestrated movement, where only one section of the chorus or one section of the orchestra is heard at a time gives us the same kind of feeling we might have standing alone in the quiet of a forest or at the seashore at night.