Campra: Messe de Requiem

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  • Composer: André Campra
  • Format: Vocal Score
  • Instrumentation (this edition): Piano Reduction, SATB Choir, SATB Solos
  • Originally for: SATB Choir, Orchestra
  • Work: Messe de Requiem
  • Work Language: Latin
  • ISMN: 9790007005993
  • Size: 7.5 x 10.6 inches
  • Pages: 64


The Requiem was composed during Campra's tenure as the director of music at the cathedral of Notre Dame. It was commissioned for a service in memory of the deceased Archbishop of Paris. At the end of the 18th century it became a tradition in southern France to perform movements of Campra's Requiem during funerals or at memorial services: There is evidence from as late as 1805 which verifies this practice. The scoring of this work is remarkable, in that it calls for four groups of performers: a five-voice "Grand Chœur," a 2–3 voice "Petit Chœur," three vocal soloists as well as an instrumental group designated as a "Symphonie."