Bochsa, Requiem

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A masterpiece for band, composed for a celebration that was held on 15 January 1815 for the reburial of the remains of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette.


Product Description

Requiem for Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette
Nicholas Charles Bochsa (1789–1856)
Mod­ern edi­tion by David Whitwell (1937–)

Date: 1815
Instru­men­ta­tion: Wind Ensem­ble, ATB soloists, ATB choir (Fl 1.2, Ob 1.2, CA, Cl 1.2, Bsn 1.2, Hn, Tpt, Tbn, Tuba, Cbs, Harp, Timp, BD, Cym, Tam-Tam)
Dura­tion: 55:00
Lev­el: 5

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After Napoleon was first defeat­ed by a coali­tion of Euro­pean pow­ers in 1814, the coali­tion restored the throne of France to Louis XVIII on 6 April 1814. Louis XVIII returned to Paris on 24 April 1814 and the sub­se­quent cel­e­bra­tion of the Bour­bon Restora­tion was the occa­sion for a Motet, by Bochsa, “Com­posed for the cel­e­bra­tion of the Apoth­e­ose of Louis XVI and the Hap­py Return of the Bourbons”.

After “The Hun­dred Days,” dur­ing which Napoleon attempt­ed to regain con­trol, anoth­er, much larg­er cel­e­bra­tion was held on 15 Jan­u­ary 1815 cen­tered on the rebur­ial of the remains of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette. It was for this cel­e­bra­tion that Bochsa and Cheru­bi­ni com­posed Requiems in hon­or of Louis XVI.

The Bour­bon Restora­tion end­ed with the July Rev­o­lu­tion of 1830, a com­mem­o­ra­tion of which result­ed in the government’s com­mis­sion of Berlioz’ Sym­pho­ny for Band. Thus we have as book-ends for the Bour­bon Restora­tion two large-scale, impor­tant orig­i­nal com­po­si­tions for large band.