Gabriel Faure wrote his Requiem in 1888. He composed this work after going through a period of personal grief. He had lost his father about three years back and his mother a year after that.When he first completed the Requiem, it was written only for voices, violas, celli, organ, harp and timpani. He revised it in 1895 and added french horns, trumpets, woodwinds and full strings including the violins and the contrabasses. He also added a sixth movement Libera Mae. The Requiem is an intense and personal expression of Faure that gives a feeling of serene consolation.