Commemorative Concert of Chopin's Funeral at the Madeleine

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October 2022

Relive the concert in homage to Chopin's funeral in the Madeleine church on October 30, 1849.

It is not known who decided to perform Mozart's Requiem at Chopin's funeral in the Madeleine church.

At eleven o'clock in the morning on October 30, 1849, three thousand people filled the church, all draped in black, and while the coffin was being raised from the crypt, an orchestra played Chopin's Funeral March in an arrangement by Napoleon Reber.

Then the organist Louis Lefébure-Wély performed the Preludes in E minor and B minor. At the end of the ceremony resounded Mozart's Requiem, performed by the orchestra and choirs of the Conservatory's Concert Society, under the direction of Narcisse Girard, with soloists Pauline Viardot and Luigi Lablache.

Program and cast

"Preludes in E and B minor", Chopin's "Marche Funèbre" / Mozart's Requiem

Orchestra: Hélios

Direction: Jean-Charles Dunand
Choir: Tempestuoso

Church of the Madeleine

The parish of La Madeleine wishes to ensure a visible presence in the heart of Paris and to be attentive to our contemporaries. We speak of the base to describe the stone massifs that form the foundation of the church. But this base is also made of living stones made up of associations attentive to the wounded of life such as Ozanam Madeleine, the Espace Formation Informatique. The Foyer de la Madeleine serves more than three hundred meals every day at lunchtime with the aim of encouraging people to meet people who work or spend time in the neighbourhood.

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