Maurerische Trauermusik

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The Maurerische Trauermusik (Masonic Funeral Music) in C minor, K. 477 (K. 479a), is an orchestral work composed by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart in 1785[1] in his capacity as a member of the Freemasons. Mozart's own entry into his catalogue under the heading "July 1785" must be considered in error; he most likely forgot to enter a new heading for November.[2] It was performed during a Masonic funeral service held on 17 November 1785 in memory of two of Mozart's Masonic brethren,[3] Duke Georg August of Mecklenburg-Strelitz and Count Franz Esterházy von Galántha,[4] members of the Viennese aristocracy.

The work uses the Gregorian chant tonus peregrinus. The parts of the basset horn were written for fellow Freemasons Anton David and Vincent Springer.[1]

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  1. ^ a b Heartz (2009), p. 443
  2. ^ NMA IV/11/10 – Symphonies, vol. 10, p. IX (German)
  3. ^ Rosselli (1998), p. 116
  4. ^ Cliff Eisen (2006). The Cambridge Mozart Encyclopedia, Cambridge University Press, Inc. p. 168

References[edit]

  • Heartz, Daniel (2009). Mozart, Haydn and Early Beethoven: 1781–1802, W. W. Norton & Co., New York
  • Rosselli, John (1998). The Life of Mozart, Cambridge University Press

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