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Spring Concert 2020

We will be singing Mozart Requiem and Mozart Solemn Vespers this term.

The concert will be held at 7.30 pm on Saturday 28th March at Holy Trinity Church, Guildford.

Tickets available from members of the choir.

Tickets are also available from Guildford Tourist Information Centre

01483 444334

155 High Street, Guildford GU1 3AJ

Mozart's Requiem, the centre of our forthcoming performance, was unfinished at Mozart's death in 1791, and much mystery surrounds the story of its commissioning and composition.The mystery has been enhanced by the popularity of the play and film Amadeus by Peter Schaffer which gives a misleading account and which was itself derived from a 19th century play by Pushkin called Mozart and Salieri. The Requiem was commissioned by an agent acting anonymously for Count Franz von Walsegg. The Count was a minor composer and liked to pass off other peoples music at his own and required the Requiem in memory of his wife who had died the preceding year. At the same time Constanze, Mozart's wife, was reluctant to admit that Mozart had not finished the Requiem himself as she considered that might prejudice receipt of the remainder of the much needed moneys and further income.A number of composers and students of Mozart were asked to assist in completing the composition and after a number of false starts Süssmeyer, who had been studying and working with Mozart, completed the work, "signed" by Mozart and dated 1792.

The Vespers KV339, subsequently called Vesperae Solennes de Confessore, was a liturgical work written by Mozart for Salzburg Cathedral in 1780 just before he left the City. It is thought that it was written for a specific Saint's day but the Saint concerned has not been established. The work composed some 10 years before the Requiem, is more exuberant in style than the later Requiem"

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