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André Campra
1660 - 1744
A. Campra
André Campra (04/12/1660 - 29/06/1744), a French composer, from Aix-en-Provence. He occupied a leading position in French music of the early 18th century. After an earlier career in Toulon and Toulouse, he moved to Paris, where he became maître de musique at Notre Dame and finally won distinction in the opera-house, composing for the Académie Royale de Musique and employed also by the chapelle royale.
Campra's first success in the theatre came in 1697 with L'Europe galante, an opéra-ballet with entrées for France, Spain, Italy and Turkey. He continued to write opéra-ballets and tragédies lyriques, generally to be staged at the Paris Opéra. Campra wrote a number of motets and, in 1722, a setting of the requiem mass.
Messe de requiem
Composed in:1722
Musical form:mass
Text/libretto:Latin mass
In memory of:the archbishop of Paris
Label(s):Harmonia Mundi 901251
Erato Disques 2564 69848 0
Messe de Requiem contains:
01. Introït 7:52
02. Kyrie 6:22
03. Graduel 6:51
04. Offertoire 11:19
05. Sanctus 4:02
06. Agnus Dei 6:58
07. Post-communion 8:35
Source:booklet of cd Cypres Records CYP1651

♫ 01. Introit
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♫ 02. Kyrie
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♫ 03. Graduel
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♫ 04. Offertoire
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♫ 05. Sanctus
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♫ 06. Agnus Dei
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♫ 07. Post-communion
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Messe de requiem (1722, rev. 1730) for soli soprano, tenor,(alto) TBarB, choir ST(A)TBarB, 2 Fl, 2 Vl, 2 Va, Bass (Vocal). The Requiem was written during Campra's tenure as Kapellmeister at the Cathedral in Paris as a work commissioned to commemorate the deceased Archbishop of Paris.
Towards the end of the 18th century the tradition of performing parts of Campra's Requiem at funerals or memorial services emerged in the South of France: proofs of this practice as late as 1805 have been documented. Remarkable is the scoring of the work; it calls for four sets of musicians: a Grand Chœur with five voices, a Petit Chœur with two to three voices, three vocal soloists as well as an instrumental group known as a "symphony."