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Messe de Mort


By Andre Campra

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Soloists, mixed choir (SATB) and orchestra (solos: TTB - choir: SST(A)TBB - - -
Requiem. Composed by Andre Campra (1660-1744). Edited by Jean-Paul Montagnier. Arranged by Jean-Paul Montagnier. This edition: Paperback/Soft Cover. Sheet music. Eulenburg Taschenpartituren (Pocket Scores). Mass, Classical. Study Score. 8047. 78 pages. Duration 55'. Eulenburg Edition #ETP 8047. Published by Eulenburg Edition (HL.49010287).

Item Number: HL.49010287

ISBN 9783795769079. 7.5x10.5 inches.

Campra's sacred music includes 5 books of petits motets, the polyphonic Missa ad Majorem Dei Gloriam, the Messe de mort, and a large number of grands motets. All these works demonstrate the composer's mastery of theatrical conventions - descriptive instrumental preludes and dramatically representative scenes are not uncommon - and their style is imbued with the worldly, fashionable Italianate spirit of the time. The Messe de mort is today one of the more frequently performed of Campra's sacred works and it is also one of the most enigmatic scores of his entire output. The occasion of its commission and first performance are unknown. Montagnier, however, proposes the hypothesis that the Messe de mort was expressly composed for the memorial service for Philippe II duc d'Orleans (Campra's patron since 1697) who died at Versailles on 4 February 1723.

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