Gossec, Marche Lugubre

USD $80

Composed for a memorial funeral service for the victims of the Nancy Affair, held on the Champ de Mars, 20 September 1790.

Product Description

François-Joseph Gossec
Marche Lugubre

Date: 1790
Dura­tion: 5:00
Instru­men­ta­tion: Con­cert Band
Dif­fi­cul­ty: Lev­el 4, Medium

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Com­posed for a memo­r­i­al funer­al ser­vice for the vic­tims of the Nan­cy Affair, held on the Champ de Mars, 20 Sep­tem­ber 1790.

This is an extra­or­di­nary com­po­si­tion in every way, not the least of which is a lev­el of inspi­ra­tion and emo­tion rarely found in Gossec. Con­trary to all tra­di­tion of the march form, this march is frag­ment­ed, inter­spersed with haunt­ing silences which are usu­al­ly filled by the omi­nous sound of the gong—an instru­ment nev­er before heard in France before this com­po­si­tion. Strange and dra­mat­ic har­mon­ic moments add both great mys­tery and pow­er to the work. It is one of Gossec’s best efforts and was often performed. 

The impact of this march can be found in the fact that these fea­tures, the gong and the silences, can be found in many lat­er band com­po­si­tions, for exam­ple in the Funer­al March which opens the Bochsa Requiem and the Halevy Marche Hero­ique.

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