Composer Information

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart ( 27 January 1756 – 5 December 1791), baptised as Johannes Chrysostomus Wolfgangus Theophilus Mozart, was a prolific and influential composer of the Classical era. Mozart showed prodigious ability from his earliest childhood. Already competent on keyboard and violin, he composed from the age of five and performed before European royalty. At 17, he was engaged as a court musician in Salzburg, but grew restless and travelled in search of a better position, always composing abundantly. While visiting Vienna in 1781, he was dismissed from his Salzburg position. He chose to stay in the capital, where he achieved fame but little financial security. During his final years in Vienna, he composed many of his best-known symphonies, concertos, and operas, and portions of the Requiem, which was largely unfinished at the time of his death. The circumstances of his early death have been much mythologized. He was survived by his wife Constanzeand two sons. He composed over 600 works, many acknowledged as pinnacles of symphonic, concertante, chamber, operatic, and choral music. He is among the most enduringly popular of classical composers, and his influence on subsequent Western art music is profound;Beethoven composed his own early works in the shadow of Mozart, and Joseph Haydn wrote that "posterity will not see such a talent again in 100 years." [source from Wikipedia]

Work Information

This is one of the last works composed by Mozart in 1791. There are totally eight sections and fourteen movements. Mozart wrote six immortal songs in the Sequentia. First in the Dies irae, it shows an unprecedented drammatic tension among the religious music. The orchestral music builds a dreadful grandeur. This powerful music is not so portraying the might of God as directly describing the fear of death within Mozart! Even in all opera of Mozart, only a few works can reach this kind of tension.

Work Alias: Missa pro defunctis Seelenmesse Requiem in D minor, K.626 D小調安魂曲,作品K.626 D小调安魂曲,作品K.626