Requiem pour Louis XVI. et Marie Antoinette
By Festivalchor Musica Franconia, La Banda, and Wolfgang Riedelbauch. By Jean Paul Egide Martini. Classical. Listening CD. Published by Christophorus (NX.CHR77413).
Item Number: NX.CHR77413
Louis XVI was the last king of France (1774-92_ in the line of Bourbon monarchs preceding the French Revolution of 1789. Louis and his queen consort, Marie Antoinette, were guillotined in 1793 on charges of counterrevolution. Following the abdication of Napoleon Bonaparte in 1814, the Bourbons returned to power in France and restored the system of monarchy under Louis XVII. During this process, they also introduced a number of highly symbolic cultural acts as a public representation of the Bourbon dynasty. In 1815, the new king Louis XVIII had the mortal remains of Louis XVI and his wife Marie Antoinette removed from the Cimetiere de la Madeleine in a solemn ceremony, taken to Saint Denis and placed in separate graves in the crypt. It therefore came about that Jean Paul Egide Martini, "surintendant de la musique du roi" and composer the first large scale requiem in memory of Louis SVI. His work was first performed in the Cathedral of Saint Denis on January 21, 1816, the anniversary of the execution.
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