In Ein Deutsches Requiem (1861-1868) Brahms opted not for the usual text of the Latin requiem, but set his own compilation of German religious texts to music.
In his view, faith and humanity formed an organic unity. Religion was not merely an ecclesiastical, religious affair. Ein Deutsches Requiem consists of seven movements whose relation to the musical setting is quite surprising. The whole forms a single great tonal arc of suspense. It is a monument full of compassion for man and his inevitable fate.
- Ein Deutsches Requiem, nach Worten der heiligen Schrift, op. 45 - Johannes Brahms