MOZART, Wolfgang Amadeus, 1756-1791

Missa in C - KV 317
Coronation Mass, Facsimile of the Autograph Score, Introduction: Ernst Hintermaier

[Mass, K.317, “Coronation”, C major]

Mozart, Coronation Mass in C, K.317
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Salzburg / Kassel, 1998. Oblong, 25 x 20 cm, 116, 12 pp. Full-color halftone of the autograph, issued on the occasion of the 1200th anniversary of the founding of Archdiocese of Salzburg. The Mass in C, Mozart's most popular sacred work from his Salzburg years, was composed according to the terms of his contract as organist at the Salzburg court for Easter Sunday, 4 April 1779.  Structurally it conformed to the type of "Solemn and Short Mass" preferred by the Archbishop Hieronymus. Mozart nicely describes the nature of this mass in a letter to Padre Martini: "Our church music is very different from that of Italy, all the more so since a mass with all movements... even for the most solemn occasions, when the sovereign himself reads the mass, must not last more than 3 quarters of an hour. One needs a special training for this type of composition, and it must also be a mass with all instruments - war trumpets, tympani etc. . . ." The "special training" to which Mozart is referring is the structural compactness and unity of form, for instance in the rondo design of the Credo or in the recalling of themes in the Kyrie and Dona nobis pacem (E. Hintermaier).

n.b.  This pubication was distributed in two separate  issues, one by the Internationale Stiftung Mozarteum Salzburg, and the other by Bärenreiter-Verlag, Kasssel in the series Documenta Musicologica, v. II/30.  Red linen binding with gold lettering.  POA

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