Olía á Striga 95x105 400,000 There's no question that Gabriel Fauré's best known choral work is the Messe de Requiem. Written between 1887 and 1890, the Requiem was written not for the death of his father, but as another experiment in Fauré's endless quest to write music that was new and different. Even so, the Requiem does convey his own personal feelings and attitudes about death. He said in 1902, "That's how I see death: as a joyful deliverence, an aspiration towards a happiness beyond the grave, rather than as a painful experience." When one hears the Requiem, one can almost visualize Fauré's belief in "a happiness beyond the grave."