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CV51.469/03

Mozart: Davide penitente, K. 469

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    1. Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    2. Format: Vocal Score
    3. Instrumentation: Double Choir (SATB + SATB), SST Solos, Piano Reduction
    4. Work Language: Latin
    5. ISMN: 979-000707442-5
    6. Size: 7.5 x 10.6 inches
    7. Pages: 80
    8. Urtext / Critical Edition

    The Vienna Musicians' Society, a pension fund for the widows and orphans of professional musicians, asked Mozart, among others, to compose a choral work for performance at their benefit concert series. Presumably it was due not just to the pressure of a deadline, but also for the chance to have the music of the torso of the great C minor Mass, K. 427, performed in Vienna that he chose to arrange this composition for the Society as the cantata Davide penitente (The Mass was originally written for a performance in Salzburg in 1783). Thus, Mozart set the Kyrie and Gloria with a sacred text in Italian in the style of penitential prayers. The text was suited for Lent, which occurred at the time of the benefit concert. He also added one newly-composed aria for tenor and one aria for soprano.