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A New Sanctus, Benedictus, and Agnus Dei for the Mozart Requiem

A New Sanctus, Benedictus, and Agnus Dei for the Mozart Requiem

for mixed chorus (SATB) and soloists, and orchestra


  • Instrumentation: mixed chouus (SATB) et soliste, et orchestre
  • Édition: matériel d'exécution
  • Langue : latin

 
Description
While researching Mozart’s Requiem, I came across a rare recording by conductor Eugen Jochum from 1955. On the recording, the traditional Mozart/Süssmayr completion was performed as part of a memorial service in Vienna. This historical recording – which interpolated organ improvisations and chanted texts into the musical fabric – was a reminder that a Requiem, when performed as a mass, invites music from different sources and time periods. Mozart’s work was itself highly influenced by earlier music and begins with a conspicuous borrowing from Handel’s Funeral Anthem for Queen Caroline.

While my new music does not sound like Mozart, it is written in a manner that pays homage to the juxtaposition of old and new styles apparent in Mozart’s late work and much of the liturgical music of the period. One of the enduring stories concerning the Requiem, was that the composer’s wife, Costanze, gave Süssmayr some musical “scraps” left by her husband to help the young composer write the missing movements. In homage to this myth, I have incorporated two cadential fragments from Süssmayr’s completion into the end of my Benedictus and Agnus Dei. Are these short passages possibly Mozart’s last writings, or are they Süssmayr’s invention? Our inability to answer such questions generates passionate debate concerning the Requiem and its fragmentary nature. Gregory Spears
Détails
Année de composition: 2013
Auftragswerk : Commissioned by Patrick Dupré Quigley and Seraphic Fire
Contenu du texte: I. Sanctus
II. Benedictus
III. Agnus Dei
Durée de la performance: 20'0"
Maison d'édition: Schott Helicon Music Corporation
Uraufführung : 15. November 2013 Fort Lauderdale, FL, All Saints Episcopal Church (USA) · Dirigent: Patrick Dupré Quigley · Firebird Chamber Orchestra · Seraphic Fire
instrumentation: 0.0.0.2bassetthn.2-0.2.3.0-timp-str [ed Organo]
Droits de livraison: pour le monde entier
Représentations
Chef d'orchestre: Gregory Ristow
Orchestre: Encore Vocal Arts
2015-02-21 | Indianapolis, IN (Etats Unis d' Amérique), Indianapolis Landmarks Center
Chef d'orchestre: Patrick Dupré Quigley
Orchestre: Firebird Chamber Orchestra
2013-11-17 | Boca Raton, FL (Etats Unis d' Amérique), St. Gregory\'s Episcopal Church
Chef d'orchestre: Patrick Dupré Quigley
Orchestre: Firebird Chamber Orchestra
2013-11-16 | Coral Gables, FL (Etats Unis d' Amérique), First United Methodist Church
Chef d'orchestre: Patrick Dupré Quigley
Orchestre: Firebird Chamber Orchestra
2013-11-15 | Fort Lauderdale, FL (Etats Unis d' Amérique), All Saints Episcopal Church | Première mondiale
While researching Mozart’s Requiem, I came across a rare recording by conductor Eugen Jochum from 1955. On the recording, the traditional Mozart/Süssmayr completion was performed as part of a memorial service in Vienna. This historical recording – which interpolated organ improvisations and chanted texts into the musical fabric – was a reminder that a Requiem, when performed as a mass, invites music from different sources and time periods. Mozart’s work was itself highly influenced by earlier music and begins with a conspicuous borrowing from Handel’s Funeral Anthem for Queen Caroline.

While my new music does not sound like Mozart, it is written in a manner that pays homage to the juxtaposition of old and new styles apparent in Mozart’s late work and much of the liturgical music of the period. One of the enduring stories concerning the Requiem, was that the composer’s wife, Costanze, gave Süssmayr some musical “scraps” left by her husband to help the young composer write the missing movements. In homage to this myth, I have incorporated two cadential fragments from Süssmayr’s completion into the end of my Benedictus and Agnus Dei. Are these short passages possibly Mozart’s last writings, or are they Süssmayr’s invention? Our inability to answer such questions generates passionate debate concerning the Requiem and its fragmentary nature. Gregory Spears
Année de composition: 2013
Auftragswerk : Commissioned by Patrick Dupré Quigley and Seraphic Fire
Contenu du texte: I. Sanctus
II. Benedictus
III. Agnus Dei
Durée de la performance: 20'0"
Maison d'édition: Schott Helicon Music Corporation
Uraufführung : 15. November 2013 Fort Lauderdale, FL, All Saints Episcopal Church (USA) · Dirigent: Patrick Dupré Quigley · Firebird Chamber Orchestra · Seraphic Fire
instrumentation: 0.0.0.2bassetthn.2-0.2.3.0-timp-str [ed Organo]
Droits de livraison: pour le monde entier
Chef d'orchestre: Gregory Ristow
Orchestre: Encore Vocal Arts
2015-02-21 | Indianapolis, IN (Etats Unis d' Amérique), Indianapolis Landmarks Center
Chef d'orchestre: Patrick Dupré Quigley
Orchestre: Firebird Chamber Orchestra
2013-11-17 | Boca Raton, FL (Etats Unis d' Amérique), St. Gregory\'s Episcopal Church
Chef d'orchestre: Patrick Dupré Quigley
Orchestre: Firebird Chamber Orchestra
2013-11-16 | Coral Gables, FL (Etats Unis d' Amérique), First United Methodist Church
Chef d'orchestre: Patrick Dupré Quigley
Orchestre: Firebird Chamber Orchestra
2013-11-15 | Fort Lauderdale, FL (Etats Unis d' Amérique), All Saints Episcopal Church | Première mondiale