Rock Me Amadeus

Written in part as he lay dying, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s majestic Requiem is considered the composer’s greatest unfinished legacy. Completed by Austrian composer Franz Xaver Süssmayr and several of Mozart’s students, it’s 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 composer’s most popular works. It was written in Vienna and premiered after the composer’s death in 1791.

Conducted by Michael Christie and performed by the Phoenix Symphony and Phoenix Symphony Chorus, the Requiem is included in a program featuring Alexander von Zemlinsky’s Fruhlingsbegräbnis (“Spring’s Funeral”) and as part of a showcase of compositions including Mozart’s Kyrie in F, K.33 and Requiem, K. 626.

Thu., March 18, 8 p.m.; Sat., March 20, 8 p.m., 2010
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Robrt L. Pela has been a weekly contributor to Phoenix New Times since 1991, primarily as a cultural critic. His radio essays air on National Public Radio affiliate KJZZ's Morning Edition.
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