A romanticized depiction of Mozart composing the Requiem by anonymous (19th Century). Image: BBC. Today's date resonates throughout...Wednesday, December 05, 2012
Videography of Mozart's Last Days: The Requiem Playlist
|A romanticized depiction of Mozart composing the Requiem by anonymous (19th Century). Image: BBC.|
Today's date resonates throughout music history as a host to one of its greatest tragedies. It was on this day in 1791 that Wolfgang Mozart died. He was only 35 years old. The 221 years which have passed hardly matter. To those who adore his music the world over, his loss is felt strongly and tenderly. On dates like these, my creative benevolence goes into overdrive. I want to give more Mozart to the world. I'm hard-wired to think in terms of people, the human interest factor, when it comes to preservation. The origins of music are social. Humanity is all the more brighter and beautiful for Mozart's storied presence and music. The man was imperfect, but his music was divine. Commonplace is this understanding of great art and artists, but lest we forget that his story is also ours.
|A photo taken by my sister from our most recent visit to Mozart's memorial in Vienna on a spring day.|
|Monica Carvalho (Sweden) drew a stunningly beautiful original artwork for the vigil.|
|Lorraine Dyba (Illinois) compiled favorites from her Mozart collection for the vigil.|
Invigorated by the sense of community surrounding the vigil, it came to mind that this anniversary also offered a great opportunity to direct my energy towards building a resource for audiences. The idea seemed to already be waiting on me: a playlist, of course! The end result is a collection of videos that inform, entertain and inspire. Despite subject knowledge, this compilation is to be enjoyed and consulted by anyone who has an appreciation for this history. Mozart for all!
Video #2. Hello Austria takes us inside St. Stephen's Cathedral where the archivist presents Mozart's wedding and funeral documents as well as the chapel where he married his wife Constanze. I've never seen this kind of access in any other film or documentary. Watch
Video #3. The docu-drama, Requiem, delivers the basic history surrounding the composition of the Requiem and Mozart's final days in just under eight minutes. Watch
Video #4. A glimpse (Sanctus) of Mozart's Requiem performed at St. Stephen's Cathedral for the Mozart Year 2006 which marked his 250th birthday. It began at midnight on Dec 5, 2006 and ended at 12:55am, the time of Mozart's death. Watch
Video #5. The famous scene from Amadeus where the ailing Mozart dictates his Requiem to arch-rival Salieri is factually inaccurate (the stuff of Hollywood!) but the soundtrack elevated the Requiem to great popularity and it hit the Billboard charts, becoming one of the best-selling classical albums of all time, featuring Sir Neville Marriner and the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields. Watch
Video #6. This is one of the most significant performances of the Requiem in recent history. On the bicentenary of Mozart's death on December 5, 1991, Vienna hosted a special performance of the Requiem as a liturgical mass for Mozart as the decedent. It was performed at St. Stephen's Cathedral, where Mozart's wedding and funeral services were held. Hearing prayers in German for Mozart in this sacred place which was so central to his life, is absolutely arresting. The soloists, choir and musicians are conducted by Sir Georg Solti, all being of the highest order. The end is not met with the applause we're accustomed to hearing in concert performances, but a recessional of melancholy beauty. Watch