Davide penitente

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Davide penitente, K. 469 (also Davidde penitente), is a cantata by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, to texts by Saverio Mattei. The cantata was commissioned by the Wiener Tonkünstler-Societät, and first performed on 13 March 1785 in the Vienna Burgtheater. Most of the music is derived from the unfinished Great Mass in C minor, K. 427 (1782–83), although two arias (A te, fra tanti affanni and Fra l'oscure ombre funeste) and a cadenza for the last movement (Chi in dio sol spera) were newly composed for the work.[1]

It has a duration of approximately 45 minutes.

Authorship of text[edit]

The text was previously attributed to Lorenzo Da Ponte, following a report by Vincent Novello.[2] However, it is now known that the text is taken from Italian translations of the psalms by Saverio Mattei (1742–95).[3]


  1. ^ Michael Quinn, "Cantata," The Cambridge Mozart Encyclopedia, ed. Cliff Eisen and Simon P. Keefe (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2006), 59–60.
  2. ^ Geistliche Gesangwerke in Neue Mozart Ausgabe (1987), vol. I/IV/iii, p. XIV
  3. ^ Saverio Mattei, I Libri Poetici Della Bibbia, 5 vols, Naples: Simoniana, 1766–1774.

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