With this requiem he not only wants to commemorate the dead, but he also tries to create a living monument in reconciliation and mutual respect, so all these people did not die in vain. The third reason for this composition is that the composer wants to make a musical contribution to the commemoration of the victims on behalf of the Sinti and Roma.
Because of their neutrality, the Latin lyrics provide the perfect vehicle for musical expression. Any religious connotation is not relevant, because the lyrics can be interpreted by all cultures according to their own beliefs.
The composer has turned the emotions and vital questions evoked by ‘Auschwitz’ into an equal amount of motives, represented by different instruments and vocals which get different meanings based on their position in the composition or which evoke new contrasts.
During the prelude the composition anticipates the drama to come. Ominous feelings of helplessness, fear and anticipation are mixed with dramatic cries for help. But a requiem is also a prayer in which people beg for mercy. In this composition prayers are said for and by the victims themselves. The ’Dies Irae, Dies Illa’ which follows, is an emotional accusation driven by despair and addressed to the Lord himself, but at the same time a desperate appeal for support, so they do not succumb. ‘Domine Jesu’ is a plea to be included in the Eternal Peace instead of slipping down to Hell.