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Master Music in C minor

Attempted reconstruction of the original version of the 'Masonic Funeral Music' K. 477 (479a)

By Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

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Orchestra (choir: TB - 0.2.1.3bassethn.0.dble bsn. - 2.0.0.0. - str)
Attempted reconstruction of the original version of the 'Masonic Funeral Music' K. 477 (479a). Composed by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791). Edited by Philippe A. Autexier. Arranged by Philippe A. Autexier. Partitur-Bibliothek (Score Library). In 1785, Mozart repeatedly visited the Viennese Freemasons' Lodge Zur wahren Eintracht, where on 12 August Carl von Konig was elevated to the rank of a Master. It was fort his ceremony that Mozart composed the ,,Meistermusik. Classical period. Full score. Breitkopf and Haertel #PB-5148. Published by Breitkopf and Haertel (BR.PB-5148).

Item Number: BR.PB-5148

ISBN 979-0-004-20890-8. 9 x 12 in inches.

In 1785, Mozart repeatedly visited the Viennese Freemasons' Lodge Zur wahren Eintracht, where on 12 August Carl von Konig was elevated to the rank of a Master. It was fort his ceremony that Mozart composed the ,,Meistermusik (Master Music) for men's chorus and orchestra. The score does not contain the choral parts, perhaps because they were doubled by the oboe I and clarinet parts, a pecularity undoubtedly suited to the singing capacity of the Lodge members. From a detailed analyses of the work and of the Freemason's practices, on can infer that the text was drawn from the third Lamentation of Jeremiah. Mozart at least entered the correct date of composition of the Master Music in his own work catalogue, namely Jully (1785).

For a performance without chorus which most probably took place on 9 December 1785, Mozart added three new, low wind parts which emphasize the gloomy mood of the work. It is with these added parts that the work has come down to us as the ,,Maurerische Trauermusik (Masonic Funeral Music).

Die Erstausgaben beider Messen erschienen 1877 bei Breitkopf & Hartel im Rahmen der Gesamtausgabe ,,Wolfgang Amadeus Mozarts Werke.

The first edition of the Dominicus Mass was published by Breitkopf & Hartel in 1877 within the Complete Edition Wolfgang Amadeus Mozarts Werke.

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