Next Concert:

The next performance by the choir will be a celebration of the life of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and will take place on 11th May 2014 as part of the Mayfield Festival of Music and the Arts.

The Choir will be joined by The Primavera Chamber Ensemble and soloists, in a programme that includes:

Eine Kleine Nachtmusik,
Misericordias Domini K222
Requiem K626

When Mozart died prematurely (at the age of thirtyfive) on 5 December 1791, he left behind him an unfinished setting of the Requiem Mass. After Mozart’s death, the composer’s wife Constanze wanted to have the work completed (swiftly and secretly) so that she could pass the whole piece off as the work of her husband. Constanze approached Franz Süssmayr who was in his mid twenties and had studied composition with Mozart in the last few months of the great composer’s life. Indeed Süssmayr and Mozart became so close during 1791 that Süssmayr became as much family friend as composition pupil.

Quite how much of the Requiem is Süssmayr’s work is a matter of speculation. If you believe Mozart’s wife, then Süssmayr had access to ‘scraps of paper’ that contained many of Mozart’s musical sketches for the uncompleted parts of the Requiem. Moreover, Constanze’s sister insisted that Mozart had spoken in detail to Süssmayr about how the Requiem should be completed the very night before Mozart’s death. Süssmayr, on the other hand, claimed almost a decade later that he had been entirely responsible for the composition of the Sanctus, Benedictus, and Agnus Dei. The fact that we’ll never know makes this masterpiece an enigma as well as Mozart’s glorious swan song.

Please see the Festival website at www.mayfieldfestival.co.uk for details of how to buy tickets.

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