Henri Tomasi’s Lost Requiem
A film of Jacques Sapiega


Documentary (2001), 52 mn


Filmed during the CD recording (Naxos) of Requiem pour la Paix (Requiem for Peace) by Henri Tomasi, this film highlights a crucial moment in the life of the composer during the second world war. The Philharmonic Orchestra of Marseille, Regional Choir of Provence-Alpes-Côte-d’Azur and the Departmental Choir of the Alpes Maritimes are conducted by Michel Piquemal. The soloists are Marie-Paule Lavogez, soprano; Jacqueline Mayeur, mezzo-soprano; Michel Pastor, tenor; and Didier Henry, baritone.

Mezzo Channel’s description of the film

Composed in the midst of the turbid final years of WWII, Henri Tomasi’s ‘Requiem for Peace’ surprises the auditor. It was to be played only twice: in Paris in 1946, and in Baden-Baden, in memory of the martyrs of the Resistance. To mark the hundredth anniversary of Henri Tomasi’s birth, this monumental work, along with the entire collection of his other compositions, is back in the spotlight. The Lost Requiem methodically follows this recreation under the baton of Michel Piquemal, who introduces his musicians – and viewers – to a page of history. With the support of exceptional family archives, we discover the interweaving of History and the tormented depths of the composer and his work.