Unfinished Art Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's Requiem

About the unfinished work of art Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's Requiem, history and description of the piece.

RENOWNED UNFINISHED WORKS FROM THE ARTS TO ARCHITECTURE

3. WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART: REQUIEM (begun 1791)

In the last year of his life Mozart was approached by a cadaverous stranger who offered him generous payment for the composition of a requiem, at the same time swearing him to secrecy. Seriously ill, Mozart believed the commission was an omen of his own death and began working feverishly to complete what he feared would be his funeral music. Five months later, on his deathbed, Mozart, 36, gave final instructions about the unfinished Requiem to his pupil, Franz Sussmayr, to whom Mozart's wife entrusted the work. Sussmayr arranged the music in accordance with Mozart's intentions, filling in gaps with sections of his own composition. The Requiem was represented to the stranger (who turned out to be the steward of the eccentric Count von Walsegg) as being entirely by Mozart. The deceived nobleman then deceived others by having it performed as his own composition (hence the secrecy). Later Mozart's wife identified the work. Mozart, ironically, had been thrown into an unmarked pauper's grave without benefit of sacred music, but his Requiem was played for Beethoven and Chopin at their funerals.

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