Mozart Requiem / Ravel Bolero

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The Bolero is the most played classical music work in the world with a performance every 15 minutes. At the time of its creation, the composer had given the copyright to his garden without foreseeing its success with the general public. This work is the archetype of the ostinato. The melody is taken up in turn by the different instruments of the orchestra on a rhythmic percussion formula.


The particular circumstances in which this work was commissioned, and the somewhat tragic conditions in which it was written, on its author's deathbed, fuel the legend. In July 1791, Count Walsegg-Stuppach, under the seal of secrecy, commissioned a Requiem from Mozart for his wife, who died in February. The work was postponed in October, due to the overwork that the composer was undergoing when he was taken by Tituset's Clemency by the Magic Flute.

At Mozart's death, the Requiem was an unfinished work. In the final phase of his illness, Mozart had written the entire "Requiem aeternam": from the Kyrie to the Confutatis, only the vocal parts and the basso continuo were written. For the Lacrimosa, only the first eight bars of the voice and the first two bars of the violin and viola parts were written. Sketches of additional pieces have been lost. While he was bedridden, friends came to sing the parts of the Requiem at his bedside. It is possible that he was visited by Salieri.

Program and cast

Requiem by Mozart / Bolero by Ravel

Helios Orchestra

Helios Ephemeral Choir


Concert Management:

Saturday February 11 Matthieu Cabanes

Saturday March 25 Yann Molénat

Saturday April 15 Xavier Salmon

Friday May 26 Matthieu Cabanes

Saturday June 10 Laurent Couson

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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