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September 15, 2013 6:14 PM Subscribe
The Three Versions of Mozart's Exsultate, jubilate.
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"Obviously, the 16-year old Mozart was not conversant with all of the theological ramifications of the Milano text when he created the music for Exsultate
. Nonetheless, he wrote music which illuminated and even enhanced the spirituality of the text. How a sixteen-year old could create music of the beauty and elegance of this piece is difficult enough to comprehend. That he could match the music so perfectly to the text, playfully enhancing and amplifying its meaning, is mind-boggling, and a clear augury of the genius to be presented to the world in later years in such works as Le Nozze di Figaro
, where the perfect matching of music with text is acknowledged by many musicologists today as virtual perfection."
- The 16 year old Mozart reproduces a nine-part choral arrangement from memory after hearing it once!
- Mozart's villanous employer Colloredo doesn't consider Mozart’s compositional activites to be part of his legitimate workload as a musician!
- The castrato Rauzzini sings like an angel!
"Devotees of Mozart's operas, of his sacred vocal music, as well as of his instrumental music will find grist for their musicological mills in this wonderful work. But even the dilettante will find the story of how not one but three Exsultate, jubilate
came into existence to be a fascinating journey into mostly unexplored musical byways."