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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 chorus (SATB) and soloists, and orchestra
  • Edition: performance material
  • Language: 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
Details
Auftragswerk : Commissioned by Patrick Dupré Quigley and Seraphic Fire
Content text: I. Sanctus
II. Benedictus
III. Agnus Dei
Performance duration: 20'0"
Publisher: 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
Year of composition: 2013
instrumentation: 0.0.0.2bassetthn.2-0.2.3.0-timp-str [ed Organo]
Delivery rights: worldwide
Performances
Conductor: Gregory Ristow
Orchestra: Encore Vocal Arts
2015-02-21 | Indianapolis, IN (United States of America), Indianapolis Landmarks Center
Conductor: Patrick Dupré Quigley
Orchestra: Firebird Chamber Orchestra
2013-11-17 | Boca Raton, FL (United States of America), St. Gregory\'s Episcopal Church
Conductor: Patrick Dupré Quigley
Orchestra: Firebird Chamber Orchestra
2013-11-16 | Coral Gables, FL (United States of America), First United Methodist Church
Conductor: Patrick Dupré Quigley
Orchestra: Firebird Chamber Orchestra
2013-11-15 | Fort Lauderdale, FL (United States of America), All Saints Episcopal Church | World Premiere
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
Auftragswerk : Commissioned by Patrick Dupré Quigley and Seraphic Fire
Content text: I. Sanctus
II. Benedictus
III. Agnus Dei
Performance duration: 20'0"
Publisher: 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
Year of composition: 2013
instrumentation: 0.0.0.2bassetthn.2-0.2.3.0-timp-str [ed Organo]
Delivery rights: worldwide
Conductor: Gregory Ristow
Orchestra: Encore Vocal Arts
2015-02-21 | Indianapolis, IN (United States of America), Indianapolis Landmarks Center
Conductor: Patrick Dupré Quigley
Orchestra: Firebird Chamber Orchestra
2013-11-17 | Boca Raton, FL (United States of America), St. Gregory\'s Episcopal Church
Conductor: Patrick Dupré Quigley
Orchestra: Firebird Chamber Orchestra
2013-11-16 | Coral Gables, FL (United States of America), First United Methodist Church
Conductor: Patrick Dupré Quigley
Orchestra: Firebird Chamber Orchestra
2013-11-15 | Fort Lauderdale, FL (United States of America), All Saints Episcopal Church | World Premiere