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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – Divertimento in F major KV 138: make music part of your life series


Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – Divertimento in F major KV 138

Number: KV 138 Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Date: March 1772 Place: Salzburg, Austria Extra: Also called as ‘The Salzburg Symphony No. 3′:
I. Allegro
II. Andante
III. Presto

 

Alfredo Catalani “Notturno in G sharp minor” for Rowna: mke music part of your life series


Alfredo Catalani “Notturno in G sharp minor” for Rowna

Notturno in G sharp minor for piano
by Alfredo Catalani
Riccardo Caramella, piano

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Alfredo Catalani (19 June 1854 – 7 August 1893) was an Italian operatic composer. He is best remembered for his operas Loreley (1890) and La Wally (1892). La Wally was composed to a libretto by Luigi Illica, and features Catalani’s most famous aria “Ebben? Ne andrò lontana.” This aria, sung by American soprano Wilhelmenia Fernandez, was at the heart of Jean-Jacques Beineix’s 1981[1] cult[2] movie Diva.[3] Catalani’s other operas were less successful, partly hampered by inferior libretti.

Life and career

Catalani was born in Lucca and trained at the Conservatory of Milan under Antonio Bazzini.

Despite the growing influence of the verismo style of opera during the 1880s Catalani chose to compose in a more traditional manner. As a result his operas have largely lost their place in the modern repertoire, even compared to those of Massenet and Puccini, whose style his works most closely resemble.

The influence of Amilcare Ponchielli can also be recognized in Catalani’s work. Like Ponchielli, Catalani’s reputation now rests almost entirely on one work. However, while La Wally enjoys occasional revivals, Ponchielli’s La Gioconda has always been the more popular opera of the two (287 performances to date at the Metropolitan Opera, New York, as opposed to only four for La Wally).

In 1893, upon his premature death from tuberculosis in Milan, Catalani was interred in the Cimitero Monumentale, where Ponchielli and conductor Arturo Toscanini also lie. Toscanini was a strong advocate of Catalani’s music and named his daughter Wally in recognition of the composer’s most successful opera. Toscanini recorded the prelude to Act IV of La Wally and the “Dance of the Water Nymphs” from Loreley in Carnegie Hall in August 1952 with the NBC Symphony Orchestra for RCA Victor.

Operas

  • La falce (“The Sickle”), Milan, 19 July 1875
  • Elda, Turin, 31 January 1880 (radically revised as Loreley)
  • Dejanice, Milan, 17 March 1883
  • Edmea, Milan, 27 February 1886
  • Loreley, Turin, 16 February 1890
  • La Wally, Milan, 20 January 1892

Symphonic works

  • Sinfonia a piena orchestra (“Symphony for Full Orchestra”), 1872
  • Il Mattino, sinfonia romantica (“Morning”, Romantic symphony), 1874
  • Ero e Leandro, poema sinfonico (“Hero and Leander”, Symphonic tone poem), Milan, 9 May 1885

Beethoven Namensfeier Overture in C major, Op.115: make music part of your life series


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Beethoven Namensfeier Overture in C major, Op.115

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770 † 1827)

Work: Namensfeier ‘Name-Day Celebration‘ Overture in C major, Op.115

Movement: Maestoso – Allegro assai vivace

Herbert von Karajan
Berliner Philharmoniker Orchestra

Tunnel (according to Farlex) not to be mistaken for other definitions)


Noun 1. tunnel - a passageway through or under something, usually underground (especially one for trains or cars)tunnel - a passageway through or under something, usually underground (especially one for trains or cars); “the tunnel reduced congestion at that intersection”

auto, automobile, car, motorcar, machine - a motor vehicle with four wheels; usually propelled by an internal combustion engine; “he needs a car to get to work”
 
catacomb - an underground tunnel with recesses where bodies were buried (as in ancient Rome)
 
passageway - a passage between rooms or between buildings
 
railroad tunnel - a tunnel through which the railroad track runs
 
shaft - a long vertical passage sunk into the earth, as for a mine or tunnel
 
underpass, subway - an underground tunnel or passage enabling pedestrians to cross a road or railway
  2. tunnel - a hole made by an animal, usually for sheltertunnel - a hole made by an animal, usually for shelter

hollow, hole - a depression hollowed out of solid matter
 
rabbit warren, warren - a series of connected underground tunnels occupied by rabbits
Verb 1. tunnel - move through by or as by diggingtunnel - move through by or as by digging; “burrow through the forest”

cut into, delve, dig, turn over - turn up, loosen, or remove earth; “Dig we must”; “turn over the soil for aeration”
  2. tunnel - force a way throughtunnel - force a way through                  

penetrate, perforate - pass into or through, often by overcoming resistance; “The bullet penetrated her chest”
Based on WordNet 3.0, Farlex clipart collection. © 2003-2012 Princeton University, Farlex Inc.

Granados – Quejas, o la maja y el ruiseñor/The Maiden and the Nightingale: make music part of your life series


Johannes Brahms – Serenade No.1 in D-major, Op.11 (1857): make music part of your life series


Johannes Brahms – Serenade No.1 in D-major, Op.11 (1857)

Johannes Brahms

Mov.I: Allegro molto 00:00
Mov.II: Scherzo: Allegro non troppo 10:27
Mov.III: Adagio non troppo 17:55
Mov.IV: Menuetto I & II 33:35
Mov.V: Scherzo: Allegro 37:13
Mov.VI: Rondo: Allegro 39:47

Orchestra: Capella Agustina
Conductor: Andreas Spering

Mendelssohn Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage, Opus 27: make music part of your life series


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FELIX MENDELSSOHN Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage, Opus 27

The Hanover Band
Conductor: Roy Goodman

today’s Saint, July 31: Feast of St. Ignatius Loyola


Feast of St. Ignatius Loyola

St. Ignatius Loyola (1491-1556) founded the Society of Jesus, the Roman Catholic religious order whose members are known as Jesuits. The Feast of St. Ignatius is celebrated by Jesuits everywhere, but particularly in the Basque region of Spain where he was born. The largest Basque community in North America, located in Boise, Idaho, holds its annual St. Ignatius Loyola Picnic on the last weekend in July—an event often referred to as the Basque Festival. More… Discuss

quotation : It is easier to get into the enemy’s toils than out again. Aesop


It is easier to get into the enemy’s toils than out again.

Aesop (620 BC-560 BC) Discuss

today’s birthday: J.K. Rowling (1965)


J.K. Rowling (1965)

Joanne Kathleen Rowling is the author of the Harry Potter book series, which has been credited with sparking an interest in reading at a time when children were thought to be abandoning books. She parlayed the series into a global brand, including the popular movie adaptations, worth an estimated $15 billion. All seven volumes of the series have broken sales records, and the last four have been the fastest-selling books in history. Where was Rowling when she first conceived the story? More… Discuss

this day in the yesteryear: Daniel Defoe Placed in a Pillory (1703)


Daniel Defoe Placed in a Pillory (1703)

Although Defoe achieved literary immortality with the novel Robinson Crusoe and is called the father of modern journalism, he also produced eloquent, witty, often audacious tracts on public affairs during his prolific writing career. After Defoe’s publication of a pamphlet that ruthlessly satirized the High Church Tories, he was arrested and placed in a pillory. According to legend, what did Defoe’s pillory audience throw at him instead of the customary harmful and noxious objects? More… Discuss

More Mystery Holes Appear in Siberia


More Mystery Holes Appear in Siberia

Two more mysterious craters have cropped up—or, perhaps more accurately, down—in an isolated region of Siberia north of the Arctic Circle. Earlier this month, the first such crater, nicknamed the “Yamal black hole” for its location on the Yamal peninsula, was discovered in the region. The area is rich in natural gas, leading to speculation that the holes are the result of underground gas explosions. However, this is not the only theory. Meteorites, stray missiles, and even aliens have all been cited as potential causes for the mysterious craters. More… Discuss

Isadora Duncan


Isadora Duncan

Duncan was a pioneer of modern dance. Though born in the US, she was never very popular there. It was in Europe where she achieved great acclaim. An innovator and liberator of expressive movement, Duncan rejected the conventions of classical ballet and gave lecture-demonstrations of what she called “the dance of the future.” Inspired by the drama of ancient Greece, she danced barefoot while wearing revealing Greek tunics and flowing scarves. How did her fondness for scarves lead to her death? More… Discuss

word: picayune


picayune 

Definition: (adjective) Of little value or importance; paltry.
Synonyms: fiddling, footling, niggling, piddling, piffling, trivial, petty, lilliputian, little
Usage: Giving a police officer a free meal may be against the law, but it seems to be a picayune infraction. Discuss.

F. Mendelssohn-Bartholdy – Suite ‘Ein Sommernachtstraum’ / A Midsummer Night’s Dream Op. 61 (Live): make music part of your life series


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F. Mendelssohn-Bartholdy – Suite ‘Ein Sommernachtstraum’ / A Midsummer Night’s Dream Op. 61 (Live)

Suite – “Ein Sommernachtstraum” op. 61 / Suite – A Midsummer Night’s Dream Op. 61 (Live)

- Overture
- Scherzo
- Intermezzo
- Nocturne
- Wedding March

Orchestra: WDR Sinfonieorchester Köln
Conductor: Ton Koopman
Composer: Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy (1809 – 1847)

 

 

Saint-Saëns – Violin Sonata No. 1 – Heifetz, Smith: Great compositions/performances


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Saint-Saëns – Violin Sonata No. 1 – Heifetz, Smith

Camille Saint-Saëns, Violin Sonata No. 1, Op. 75 (1885)

I. Allegro agitato
II. Adagio (6:45)
III. Allegro moderato (12:33)
IV. Allegro molto (16:13)

Jascha Heifetz, Brooks Smith

today’s holiday: Chincoteague Pony Swim and Auction


Chincoteague Pony Swim and Auction

The Chincoteague Pony Swim is an annual saltwater roundup of the famous wild ponies of Assateague Island off the Delmarva Peninsula. The volunteer firemen of Chincoteague Island, Virginia, ride to Assateague, round up as many as 300 ponies, and then guide them into the water to swim across the channel to Chincoteague. The next day some foals are sold at auction and the rest of the herd swims back to Assateague. A week of festivities surrounds the roundup, and tens of thousands come to watch the excitement from land and small boats. More… Discuss

Arnold Schwarzenegger (1947)


Arnold Schwarzenegger (1947)

An Austrian-born bodybuilder, Schwarzenegger won the first of his five Mr. Universe titles in 1967 and went on to become a Hollywood action star. An increasingly politically active Republican during the 1990s, he was elected governor of California in 2003. Schwarzenegger ran for re-election in 2006 and, despite the numerous criticisms of his first term, defeated Democrat Phil Angelides. Why did an Austrian politician demand that Schwarzenegger be stripped of his Austrian citizenship in 2005? More… Discuss

this day in the yesteryear: Jimmy Hoffa Disappears from a Detroit Parking Lot (1975)


Jimmy Hoffa Disappears from a Detroit Parking Lot (1975)

Hoffa, president of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, was an influential US labor leader with alleged ties to the Mafia. He led with brawn and charisma and made toughness his policy—whether dealing with management or with rival unions. In 1964, he was convicted of jury tampering and fraud and sentenced to 13 years in jail, but President Richard Nixon commuted his sentence in 1971. Hoffa’s unexplained disappearance in 1975 prompted decades of speculation. What evidence surfaced in 2001? More… Discuss

All’s Fair in Love and Dating Websites?


All’s Fair in Love and Dating Websites?

Researchers are held to a strict code of ethics when carrying out experiments on human subjects. For example, they are expected to obtain informed consent from participants. Yet, the obligations of websites remain murky, and some are using this to their advantage. On the heels of Facebook‘s revelation that it manipulated users’ feeds to study emotions, dating website OKCupid admitted to carrying out its own experiments, one of which involved falsifying compatibility information to see how it would impact users’ likelihood of initiating communication. OKCupid defended its actions, saying the data collected will help them improve on the site, but many remain outraged. More… Discuss

word: nonpareil


nonpareil 

Definition: (noun) A person or thing that is unsurpassed or unmatched; peerless example.
Synonyms: nonesuch, apotheosis, ideal, paragon, saint
Usage: An ‘Only’ is a nonpareil, the feller that does one kind of a turn better’n any other feller. Discuss.

Emmanuel Chabrier: Le Roi malgré lui – Danse slave [Choeur et scène] (Acte III): make music part of your life series


Emmanuel Chabrier: Le Roi malgré lui – Danse slave [Choeur et scène] (Acte III)

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The “Danse slave” at the beginning of Act III from the comic opera “Le Roi malgré lui” (King in spite of himself) by French composer Emmanuel Chabrier (1841-1894).

The libretto of this opera is a real mess, as it was written by in collaboration by two mediocre playwrights Emile de Najac and Paul Burani, partially revised by the poet Jean Richepin and later by Chabrier himself after Richepin gave up the work, disgusted. Chabrier called the libretto a “a bouillabaisse of Najac and Burani, cooked by Richepin, into which I throw the spices.” A synopsis of this convoluted opera can be found here:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Le_roi_m…

Nonetheless, the music of “Le roi malgré lui” is truly wonderful. Maurice Ravel wrote that when the opening bars of the Prelude were first played, harmony in French music completely changed course. In this series of videos, I will present selections from the opera. The famous Fête polonaise from the beginning of Act II was already posted on this channel and can be found here:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TbNhug…

You can follow along with a vocal score here:
http://imslp.org/wiki/Le_Roi_malgr%C3…

Minka: Barbara Hendricks
Alexina: Isabel Garcisanz
Henri: Gino Quilico
Comte de Nangis: Peter Jeffes
Conductor: Charles Dutoit
Nouvel Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France
Chœurs de Radio France

Quotations 101: Henry Miller (tropic of capricorn, tropic of cancer)


“To walk in money through the night crowd, protected by money, lulled by money, dulled by money, the crowd itself a money, the breath money, no least single object anywhere that is not money, money, money everywhere and still not enough, and then no money or a little money or less money or more money, but money, always money, and if you have money or you don’t have money it is the money that counts and money makes money, but what makes money make money?”

“No man is great enough or wise enough for any of us to surrender our destiny to. The only way in which anyone can lead us is to restore to us the belief in our own guidance.”

“Take a good look at me. Now tell me, do you think I’m the sort of fellow who gives a fuck what happens once he’s dead? “

Read more about Henry Miller, here

Chopin Etude Op 25 No.11 HQ – Valentina Lisitsa: great performances


Chopin Etude Op 25 No.11 HQ

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Prokofiev – Romeo And Juliet – Juliet As A Young Girl: make music part of your life series


Prokofiev – Romeo And Juliet – Juliet As A Young Girl

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Symphony No. 1 in G Minor, Op. 13 “Winter Dreams” – Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: make music part of your life series


Symphony No. 1 in G Minor, Op. 13 “Winter Dreams” – Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

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today’s Saint, July28, 2014: St. Innocent I


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St. Innocent I

Innocent was born at Albano, Italy. He became Pope, succeeding Pope St. Anastasius I, on December 22, 401. During Innocent’s pontificate, he emphasized papal supremacy, commending the bishops of Africa for referring the decrees of their councils at Carthage and Millevis in 416, condemning Pelagianism, to the Pope for confirmation. It was his confirmation of these decrees that caused Augustine to make a remark that was to echo through the centuries: “Roma locuta, causa finitas” (Rome has spoken, the matter is ended). Earlier Innocent had stressed to Bishop St. Victrius and the Spanish bishops that matters of great importance were to be referred to Rome for settlement. Innocent strongly favored clerical celibacy and fought the unjust removal of St. John Chrysostom. He vainly sought help from Emperor Honorius at Revenna when the Goths under Alaric captured and sacked Rome. Innocent died in Rome on March 12. His feast day is July 28th.

today’s holiday: Hurricane Supplication Day


Hurricane Supplication Day

Observed in the U.S. Virgin Islands—St. Croix, St. Thomas, and St. John—Hurricane Supplication Day marks the beginning of the hurricane season. Special church services are held to pray for safety from the storms that ravage these and other Caribbean islands. The custom probably dates back to the “rogation” ceremonies (from the word rogare, meaning “to beg or supplicate”), which began in fifth-century England. Rogations usually followed a frightening series of storms, earthquakes, or other natural disasters. More… Discuss

quotation: Jane Austen


It may be possible to do without dancing entirely. Instances have been known of young people passing many, many months successively without being at any ball of any description, and no material injury accrue either to body or mind; but when a beginning is made–when the felicities of rapid motion have once been, though slightly, felt–it must be a very heavy set that does not ask for more.

Jane Austen (1775-1817) Discuss

today’s birthday: Marcel Duchamp (1887)


Marcel Duchamp (1887)

Duchamp was an innovative French-American artist who influenced the Dada, Surrealist, and Pop art movements. His irreverence for conventional aesthetic standards led him to exhibit commonplace objects as works of art that he called “ready-mades,” intended as a derisive gesture against the excessive importance attached to works of art. His most famous works include the controversial Cubist-Futurist painting Nude Descending a Staircase and Fountain, which features what object? More… Discuss

this day in the yesteryear: Maximilien Robespierre Guillotined (1794)


Maximilien Robespierre Guillotined (1794)

Known as “the Incorruptible” for his emphasis on civic morality, Robespierre became one of the leading figures of the French Revolution. He was an influential member of the Committee of Public Safety, the political body that controlled France during the bloody revolutionary period known as the “Reign of Terror.” However, popular discontent with the committee’s brutal measures soon grew, and Robespierre was guillotined in the coup of 9 Thermidor. What might have been his last words? More… Discuss

Teen Use of Human Growth Hormone on Rise in US


Teen Use of Human Growth Hormone on Rise in US

American teens are increasingly using synthetic human growth hormone (HGH) without medical supervision in an effort to enhance their athletic performance and appearance. Just five percent of high-school students polled in 2012 said they had used synthetic HGH without a prescription, but by 2013 that number had jumped to 11 percent. The non-profit Partnership for Drug-Free Kids, which carried out the surveys, said the findings highlight the need for better regulation and labeling of over-the-counter products purporting to contain synthetic HGH. More… Discuss

Perfume


Perfume

Perfume is a mixture of alcohol and fragrant essential oils. Animal substances—such as musk, ambergris, and civet—were first added as fixatives in the Middle Ages. Since the early 19th century, chemists have produced thousands of synthetic essential oils, some imitating natural products and others yielding new scents. Most perfumes today are blends of natural and synthetic scents and of fixatives that add pungency. Fine perfumes may blend more than 100 ingredients. What is a fragrance wheel? More… Discuss

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Time to clean your fridge: According to USA TODAY, YOU mayneedto!


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favo-tweet-o: SoundHound: Is there always music playing in your head too?


Is there always music playing in your head too?

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Polite elephant crosses multiple farms on her voyage without damaging a single fence…What does this tell you about some humans who aren’t so polite!


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Polite elephant crosses multiple farms on her voyage without damaging a single fence…What does this tell you about some humans who aren’t so polite!

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quotation: Maya Angelou (1928-2014)


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Security Council: The situation in the Middle East, including the Palestinian question


Security Council: The situation in the Middle East, including the Palestinian question

United Nations Webcast- webtv.un.org

United Nations Webcast- webtv.un.org (Click to access)

along the trail by George-B_FotoSketcher (Painting 8-excessive strokes-2-framed) my art collection_FotoSketcher


along the trail by George-B_FotoSketcher (Painting 8-excessive strokes-2) my art collection

along the trail by George-B_FotoSketcher (Painting 8-excessive strokes-2) my art collection

along the trail by George-B_FotoSketcher (Painting 8-excessive strokes-2-framed) my art collection_FotoSketcher

along the trail by George-B_FotoSketcher (Painting 8-excessive strokes-2-framed) my art collection_FotoSketcher

Parle moi d’amour Lucienne Boyer and sountrack of Henry and June: make musisc part of your life


Lucienne Boyer – Mon coeur est un violon, 1945: make music part of your life series


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Marlene Dietrich “Je m’ennuie” 1933


Marlene Dietrich “Je m’ennuie” 1933

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Marlene Dietrich (1901-1992) enregistrée le 15 juillet 1933 à Paris.

De ce que fut mon enfance,
Je n’ai plus de souvenirs.
C’est peut-être que la chance
Ne m’offrit pas de plaisirs.
Et chaque jour qui se lève
Ne m’apporte aucun espoir.
Je n’ai même pas de rêve
Quand luit l’etoile du soir.

Moi, je m’ennuie,
C’est dans ma vie
Une manie.
Je n’y peux rien..
Le plaisir passe,
Il me dépasse.
En moi sa trace
Ne laisse rien.
Partout je traîne,
Comme une chaîne,
Ma lourde peine,
Sans autre bien.
C’est dans ma vie
Une manie.
Moi, je m’ennuie…

Par de longs vagabondages,
J’ai voulu griser mon coeur,
Et souvent, sur mon passage,
J’ai vu naître des malheurs.
Sur chaque nouvelle route,
A l’amour j’ai dû mentir ;
Et le soir, lorsque j’écoute
La plainte du vent mourir…

Moi, je m’ennuie…
C’est dans ma vie
Une manie.
Je n’y peux rien..
Le plaisir passe,
Il me dépasse.
En moi sa trace
Ne laisse rien.
Partout je traîne,
Comme une chaîne,
Ma lourde peine,
Sans autre bien.
C’est dans ma vie
Une manie.
Moi, je m’ennuie…

Mozart – Requiem By Herbert von Karajan (Full HD) (Full Concert): great compositions/performances


Mozart – Requiem By Herbert von Karajan (Full HD) (Full Concert)

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Herbert von Karajan Full HD 1080p Full Concert Soundtrack Complete Requiem greatest concert memorable The Requiem Mass in D minor (K. 626) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was composed in Vienna in 1791 and left unfinished at the composer’s death on December 5. A completion by Franz Xaver Süssmayr was delivered to Count Franz von Walsegg, who had anonymously commissioned the piece for a requiem Mass to commemorate the February 14 anniversary of his wife’s death.
It is one of the most enigmatic pieces of music ever composed, mostly because of the myths and controversies surrounding it, especially around how much of the piece was completed by Mozart before his death. The autograph manuscript shows the finished and orchestrated introit in Mozart’s hand, as well as detailed drafts of the Kyrie and the sequence Dies Irae as far as the first nine bars of “Lacrimosa”, and the offertory. It cannot be shown to what extent Süssmayr may have depended on now lost “scraps of paper” for the remainder; he later claimed the Sanctus and Agnus Dei as his own. Walsegg probably intended to pass the Requiem off as his own composition, as he is known to have done with other works. This plan was frustrated by a public benefit performance for Mozart’s widow Constanze. A modern contribution to the mythology is Peter Shaffer‘s 1979 play Amadeus, in which the mysterious messenger with the commission is the masked Antonio Salieri who intends to claim authorship for himself.
The Requiem is scored for 2 basset horns in F, 2 bassoons, 2 trumpets in D, 3 trombones (alto, tenor & bass), timpani (2 drums), violins, viola and basso continuo (cello, double bass, and organ). The vocal forces include soprano, contralto, tenor, and bass soloists and a SATB mixed choir.