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

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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: 6/25/1998
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 190
  • Sales rank: 1,078,212
  • Product dimensions: 6.88 (w) x 9.88 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Meet the Author

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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Table of Contents

I Historical Perspectives: The Composition, Completion, and Early Reception of Mozart's Requiem 1
Fiction, Facts, and Open Questions 1
The Requiem Controversy (1825-39) 7
The First Edition and Sussmayr's Testimony 14
The Original Requiem Score 17
Mozart's Composition 28
Sussmayr's Completion 38
Original and Imitation: Horn Rondo and Requiem 44
Epilogue 51
II Musical Aspects: The Concept, Structure, and Character of Mozart's Requiem 64
Background, Text, Formal Layout 64
The Musical Context 71
Individual Aspects 85
III Contemporary Documents: Genesis and Early Reception of Mozart's Requiem 113
Preliminaries 113
Chronology 114
Documents 119
IV Score of Mozart's Requiem Fragment 175
Introduction 175
1 Requiem 178
Kyrie 185
2 Dies irae 189
Tuba mirum 196
Rex tremendae 200
Recordare 203
Confutatis 213
Lacrymosa (Beginning) 218
(Continuation from Sussmayr's score) 219
3 Domine Jesu 222
Hostias 231
4 Sanctus 234
Benedictus 237
5 Agnus Dei 242
Bibliography 247
Abbreviations 247
Editions of Mozart's Requiem 248
Writings on Mozart's Requiem 249
Other Works Cited 254
Index of Mozart's Works 257
Index of Names 259
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