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Faure Requiem - Rutter ed.

I'm looking to do a performance of John Rutter's edition of the Faure Requiem this fall but only using organ and chorus. My question is regarding the Sanctus, Aguns Dei and Libera Me: what do I do about the other parts needed in those movements? I can only afford an organ, so is it possible to play those additional parts on the piano and have it sound acceptable or is there a better method? Can they both be done on the organ? I'm not an organist so perhaps somebody who is can give me some direction!
Any input would be appreciated!! Thanks!
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on August 11, 2013 5:16am
Matt, It is certainly possible to do it with just organ, but be sure you have a very creative organist for satisfactory registrations.  If you are careful, you might put the harp parts on piano.  Good luck.  We did the piece with a small orchestra last spring.  My choir loved it.
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on August 12, 2013 6:32am
Another option would be to give a copy of the old Fitzsimmons edition to your organist, and have him/her play from that score for the movements you suggest.  (The Fitzsimmons is a full reduction.)  I know this might be heresy to some, but it would solve the problem.
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on August 12, 2013 7:03am
As an aside, just think of how many of us would never have sung the Faure if the Fitzsimmons edition had not existed. I think your idea of asking the organist to play those movements from this score is spot on.  The real reason to have the Rutter edition is the reduced orchestra, which doesn't apply here.
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