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Appalachain Requiem is not a traditional setting of the requiem text. Similar to Britten’s War Requiem, it uses the form and arc of the traditional mass to tell the devastating story of mountaintop removal in the Appalachian mountains. The piece combines poetry and texts from the Appalachian region and arrangements of traditional southern hymn-tunes to create a moving and mournful eulogy to these once majestic mountains. While the traditional mass is meant to comfort the living and mourn the dead, this piece invites us to contemplate a more hopeful future and inspire us to overcome the social and economic forces that caused the blighting of this beautiful region before it is too late.