Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756–1791) Master Music in C minor
Attempted reconstruction of the original version of the 'Masonic Funeral Music' K. 477 (479a) arranged by Philippe A. Autexier [male ch,orch]
choir: TB – 0.2.1.3bassethn.0.dble bsn. – 184.108.40.206. – str
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In 1785, Mozart repeatedly visited the Viennese Freemasons Lodge Zur wahren Eintracht, where on 12 August Carl von König was elevated to the rank of a Master. It was fort his ceremony that Mozart composed the Meistermusik (Master Music) for mens chorus and orchestra. The score does not contain the choral parts, perhaps because they were doubled by the oboe I and clarinet parts, a pecularity undoubtedly suited to the singing capacity of the Lodge members. From a detailed analyses of the work and of the Freemasons practices, on can infer that the text was drawn from the third Lamentation of Jeremiah. Mozart at least entered the correct date of composition of the Master Music in his own work catalogue, namely Jully (1785).
For a performance without chorus which most probably took place on 9 December 1785, Mozart added three new, low wind parts which emphasize the gloomy mood of the work. It is with these added parts that the work has come down to us as the Maurerische Trauermusik (Masonic Funeral Music).