Requiem by Mozart and Boléro by Ravel at La Madeleine
March 6th 2020 h 8:30 pm Church of La Madeleine, Place de La Madeleine, Paris.
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Requiem by Mozart
The peculiar circumstances in which the work was assigned and the tragic health conditions affecting its composer add to the legend surrounding the Requiem. In July 1791, the earl Walsegg-Stuppach, under cover, ordered Mozart to compose a Requiem Mass for his spouse who had passed away in February. The deadline for the composition was postponed to October, owing to Mozart’s intense work on the composition of The Clemency of Titus and The Magic Flute.
Due to the composer’s death, the Requiem remained unfinished. During the last period of his illness, Mozart had composed the entire «Requiem aeternam». From Kyrie to Confutatis, he had only composed the vocal parts and some instrumental music. For the Lacrimosa, he had only composed the beginning of the vocal part and of the violin part, in addition to some fragments. When Mozart passed away, some of his close friends sang the Requiem for him.
The Boléro by Ravel
The Bolero is the most frequently performed classical music piece in the world: one performance every 15 minutes. At the time of its creation, the composer gave away the copyright to his gardener, not expecting the Bolero to achieve such widespread success.
The work is the archetype of the ostinato music form. The various instruments repeat in turns the persistent melody based on the drums, with a constant rhythmic beat.
|Location||Church of La Madeleine, Place de La Madeleine, Paris|
|Start time||8:30 pm|
|Reduction||Unemployed and Students|
|Metro||Line 14, Line 8, Line 12|
|Bus||Line 24, Line 42, Line 84, Line 94, Line 45, Line 52|
|Taxi||Distance from central railway station: 700 m|