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Mozart: Requiem / Musica Sacra

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In 1791, just after he completed The Magic Flute, Mozart received a call from a mysterious man commissioning him to compose a Requiem. By this time Mozart's health was in a steep decline. His pupil Sussmayr helped him score the work, but Mozart died on 5th December 1791, leaving it unfinished. Sussmayr was persuaded to complete the work. Like the C minor Mass, the Requiem is a work of high drama, and written on a large scale. It set the pattern for the great Requiems of Berlioz and Verdi, especially in the Dies irae, where the writing is truly electrifying and the terror of the Day of Wrath palpable.



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