We forget how young Mozart was when he died when we look at his prolific output. Some of today’s pieces were written when he was very young, with the Mass composed when he was about 27.
Regina Coeli K276 was believed to be composed in 1779 due to its stylistic similarities to Mozart’s Dominican Vespers, which was written that same year. It was the last of three settings that he made of this text, which is the third of four Marian Antiphons that are sung from Holy Saturday to the Saturday in Whitsuntide.
Mozart’s second Vespers setting composed in 1780, the Vesperae solennes de Confessore was probably intended for use in Salzburg Cathedral. It consists of a sequence of six separate movements, of which Laudate Dominum is the penultimate and is often used as a separate piece in a concert setting.
Symphony No. 29 was one of a set of three symphonies written when Mozart was 18 years old and shortly after visiting his father in Italy. Leopold Mozart was keen to promote the immense talent of his son to his employer, the Archbishop of Salzburg. This introduction clearly worked as the symphonies and several other compositions saw Wolfgang rewarded with the post of concert-master at the court
Mozart married soprano Constanze Weber in August 1782 to the disapproval of his father, Leopold. The couple visited him in Salzburg a year later with this new Mass in C Minor, which had originally been promised to Constanze to celebrate the birth of their first child, Raimund Leopold, on 17 June. The Mass was performed in its unfinished form in St Peter’s Church on 25 August with Constanze singing the spectacular soprano arias that Mozart had written to display her virtuosity to any potential sponsors and probably also to his father.
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