Written in part as he lay dying, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozarts majestic Requiem is considered the composers greatest unfinished legacy. Completed by Austrian composer Franz Xaver Süssmayr and several of Mozarts students, its an orchestral piece for chorus and vocal soloists commissioned by Count Franz von Walsegg, in memory of his late wife. Even within a body of work that spanned a lifetime (Mozart began to write music at age 6 and composed his first symphony at age 9), this final piece remains one of the composers most popular works. It was written in Vienna and premiered after the composers death in 1791.
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Conducted by Michael Christie and performed by the Phoenix Symphony and Phoenix Symphony Chorus, the Requiem is included in a program featuring Alexander von Zemlinskys Fruhlingsbegräbnis (Springs Funeral) and as part of a showcase of compositions including Mozarts Kyrie in F, K.33 and Requiem, K. 626.
Thu., March 18, 8 p.m.; Sat., March 20, 8 p.m., 2010