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Requiem
by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Mozart (unfinished) by Lange 1782.jpg
The composer in 1782
Key D minor
Catalogue K. 626
Text Requiem
Language Latin
Composed 1791 (1791)
Scoring
  • four soloists
  • chorus
  • orchestra

The Requiem Mass in D minor K626 is a famous piece of music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart which he composed in 1791. This requiem (a 'requiem' is a mass (church service) to remember people who have died), was Mozart's last composition. He wrote it as he lay dying himself. It seems that he did not manage to finish it before he died, and that it was finished by another musician called Franz Xaver Süssmayr. We do not know exactly how much of the music is by Mozart, and how much Süssmayr had to add. There have been lots of stories and ideas about how the Requiem was composed, and it is still a problem that is often discussed by musicians.

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