Jacob Axel Josephson (1818-1880)

Kyrie Eleison [Requiem]

  • Year of composition: Year of composition uncertain (according to the Svenskt Biografiskt Lexikon Josephson converted to Christianity in 1841 and the piece was premiered in 1851)
  • Work category: Male choir a cappella
  • Text author: (liturgical text)
  • First performed: Likely 1851
  • Duration: Approx. 1-5 min

Solo voices/choir


Examples of printed editions

• Sångarförbundet. Samling fyrstämmiga Sånger för Mansröster, Första Delen. Abr. Hirschs Förlag, Ed. no. 2591
• Manskören, Abr. Lundquists Kongl. Musikhandel, (Ed. no. missing) [1897]
• Manskören. Fifth edition, Abr. Lundquists Musikförlag, Abr. L. 3531
• 100 Äldre och Nyare Svenska Sånger för Fyra och Fem Mansröster redigerade af J. A. Josephson och Fr. Arlberg, Första Delen, Abr. Hirschs Förlag, (Ed. no. missing) [1873]

Description of work

Andante G minor (- G major) 4/4 (C)

Work comment

The piece was originally titled ‘Kyrie Eleison’, but was later called ‘Requiem’ (according to the Svenskt Biografiskt Lexikon)

The song also exists in a version for mixed choir a cappella (T.T.B.B.). See further the individual post for that version.


Requiem æternam, dona eis, Domine!
Et lux perpetua luceat illis. 

Media files

Edition Swedish Musical Heritage

  • Vocal scores
    • Kyrie Eleison - Score (3 pages, pdf - 217 kB  |  Downloaded 1802 times)
      Edition: Levande musikarv nr 1512. Redaktör: Magnus Svensson