Henri Tomasi
1901 - 1974
France
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H. Tomasi
Henri Tomasi (17/08/1901 - 13/01/1971), a French conductor and composer, born in Marseille. He studied at the Paris Conservatory. Won the Prix de Rome in 1927. Back from Rome in 1930 he conducted at the National Radio in Paris. He conducted at the Opera of Monte Carlo from 1946 till 1950. He conducted many of the finest orchestras, performing his own music and that of Saint-Saens, Gluck, Massenet, Ravel, Debussy, Wagner and many others throughout Europe.
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Requiem pour la paix
Period:Expressionism
Composed in:1945
Musical form:mass
Text/libretto:Latin mass
Duration:37'02''
In memory of: those who had died in the struggle for freedom and all those who had died for France
Label(s):Marco Polo 8.225067
Requiem pour la paix (1945), the full title: Requiem pour la paix a tous les Martyrs de la Resistance et a tous ceux qui sont morts pour la France. Tomasi was a conductor, but it was composing that meant the most to him and he established himself with such works as Cymos, Tam-Tam, and Vocero. Among his major works are the Requiem pour la paix and the Concerto pour guitare et orchestra, a la memoire d'un poete assassine ('in memory of Federico Garcia Lorca'). Many of his other compositions, such as the Chant pour le Viet-Nam ('Song for Vietnam'), are based on-European subjects.
The idiom of the Requiem is pellucid, tonal, pointillistic, suffused in light, singable, touching - a truly lovely work touched off by the wellsprings of those who had died in the struggle for freedom - the heroes of the resistance, and all those who had died for France. It belongs to that select band of works that trace a lineage to the Fauré Requiem and can be counted in company with Paul Paray's St Joan Mass. The Requiem is meshed together by a number of recurrent gestures: a brusque summonsing from the brass (rather like Kenneth Alwyn's 633 Squadron), a supplicatory solo violin and a Ravelian swooning. The work was premiered in Paris in the year after the liberation and in the presence of General de Gaulle.
His requiem contains:
- Requiem 03:41
- Absolve 02:06
- Dies irae 04:57
- Recordare 02:16
- Ingemisco 03:41
- Domine 04:09
- Sanctus 04:30
- Agnus Dei 02:30
- Lux aeterna 02:13
- Libera me 07:08