Mozart's Requiem: Historical and Analytical Studies, Documents, Score

Mozart's Requiem: Historical and Analytical Studies, Documents, Score

by Christoph Wolff
     
 

ISBN-10: 0520213890

ISBN-13: 9780520213890

Pub. Date: 06/25/1998

Publisher: University of California Press

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…  See more details below

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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.

Author Biography: Christoph Wolff is William Powell Mason Professor of Music at Harvard University and Dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. He is the author of Bach: Essays on His Life and Music (1991) and other works.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520213890
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
06/25/1998
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
190
Sales rank:
1,248,076
Product dimensions:
6.88(w) x 9.88(h) x 0.63(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
IHistorical Perspectives: The Composition, Completion, and Early Reception of Mozart's Requiem1
Fiction, Facts, and Open Questions1
The Requiem Controversy (1825-39)7
The First Edition and Sussmayr's Testimony14
The Original Requiem Score17
Mozart's Composition28
Sussmayr's Completion38
Original and Imitation: Horn Rondo and Requiem44
Epilogue51
IIMusical Aspects: The Concept, Structure, and Character of Mozart's Requiem64
Background, Text, Formal Layout64
The Musical Context71
Individual Aspects85
IIIContemporary Documents: Genesis and Early Reception of Mozart's Requiem113
Preliminaries113
Chronology114
Documents119
IVScore of Mozart's Requiem Fragment175
Introduction175
1Requiem178
Kyrie185
2Dies irae189
Tuba mirum196
Rex tremendae200
Recordare203
Confutatis213
Lacrymosa (Beginning)218
(Continuation from Sussmayr's score)219
3Domine Jesu222
Hostias231
4Sanctus234
Benedictus237
5Agnus Dei242
Bibliography247
Abbreviations247
Editions of Mozart's Requiem248
Writings on Mozart's Requiem249
Other Works Cited254
Index of Mozart's Works257
Index of Names259

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