The English composer Henry Purcell wrote funeral music that includes his Funeral Sentences and the later Music for the Funeral of Queen Mary, Z. 860. Two of the funeral sentences, “Man that is born of a woman” Z. 27 and “In the midst of life we are in death” Z. 17, survive in autograph score.
Les Noces is a ballet and orchestral concert work composed by Igor Stravinsky for percussion, pianists, chorus, and vocal soloists. The composer gave it the descriptive title “Choreographed Scenes with Music and Voices” and dedicated it to impresario Sergei Diaghilev. Though initially intended to serve as a ballet score, it is often performed without dance.
La Fenice Soloists & Choir
Conductor Claudio Marino Moretti
Music for the Funeral of Queen Mary z 860
edizioni Chester Music, rappresentante per l’Italia Casa Ricordi, Milano
Andrea Lia Rigotti soprano
Marta Codognola mezzosoprano
Salvatore De Benedetto tenore
Carlo Agostini basso
Piergiuseppe Doldi, Eleonora Zanella trumpets; Domenico Zicari trombone; Claudio Magnanini trombone basso; Dimitri Fiorin timpani; Paolo Bertoldo, Claudio Cavallini, Diego Desole, Barbara Tomasin, Claudio Tomaselli percussions; Roberta Paroletti organ; Roberta Ferrari, Roberta Paroletti, Michele Bolla, Maria Cristina Vavolo pianos
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