Mozart's Requiem: Historical and Analytical Studies, Documents, Score
Mozart's unfinished Requiem has long been shrouded in mystery. Mozart undertook the commission for an Austrian nobleman, little knowing that he was to write a requiem for himself. Inevitably, the secrecy surrounding the anonymous commission, the circumstances of Mozart's death, the unfinished state of the work, and its completion under the direction of Mozart's widow, Constanze, have precipitated two centuries of romantic speculation and scholarly controversy.
Christoph Wolff provides a critical introduction to the Requiem in its many facets. Part I of his study focuses on the tangled genesis and completion of the work and its fascinating early reception history until Constanze's death. Wolff summarizes the current state of research on the subject, provides new perspectives on Mozart's conception of the whole work, and surveys his contributions to the movements composed posthumously by his assistant, Süssmayr. Part II provides a musical analysis of Mozart's composition, including contextual, structural, and interpretive aspects. Part III consists of an annotated collection of the principal literary documents (1791-1839) that illuminate the fascinating early history of the Requiem.
The book concludes with a complete edition of the work that is at the center of Wolff's study, the authentic score of the Requiem--Mozart's fragment--supplemented by crucial excerpts from Süssmayr's 1792 Requiem completion.
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THE COMPOSITION COMPLETION AND EARLY
The Requiem Controversy 182539
The First Edition and Siissmayrs Testimony
Horn Rondo and Requiem
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Abbe Stadler Agnus Agnus Dei anonymous patron autograph score B-flat major b-hae bars basset horns Basso Bauer-Deutsch Benedictus Breitkopf ca-dant Capellmeister commission completing the Requiem composed composition Confutatis Constanze Mozart copy Count von Walsegg Court Library ctus Die Zauberflote Dies irae Domine dona eis draft Echtheit edition example figured bass finished fols Franz Xaver Freystadtler fugue hand Handel harmonic Haydn Herr Count Herr Weber Hosanna Hostias idea instrumental Introit irae Johann Joseph Eybler Kyrie Lacrymosa Leipzig letter Maximilian Stadler mi-ne mi-ni Michael Haydn minor movement Mozart DB Mozart-Dokumente Mozart's death Mozart's original Mozart's Requiem Mozart's widow Nissen o-lim Offertory orchestral original manuscript original score performance Plath published Recordare Requiem controversy requiem mass Rex tremendae Rondo Sanctus sections Sequence Siissmayr sketches solo stanza style Sussmayr Timpani translation trombone Tuba mirum unfinished Vienna violins Wolfgang wrote Zauberflote