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Mozart's Requiem
Reception, Work, Completion

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  • Date Published: July 2015
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107532953
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  • Presenting a fresh interpretation of Mozart's Requiem, Simon P. Keefe redresses a longstanding scholarly imbalance whereby narrow consideration of the text of this famously incomplete work has taken precedence over consideration of context in the widest sense. Keefe details the reception of the Requiem legend in general writings, fiction, theatre and film, as well as discussing criticism, scholarship and performance. Evaluation of Mozart's work on the Requiem turns attention to the autograph score, the document in which myths and musical realities collide. Franz Xaver Süssmayr's completion (1791–2) is also re-appraised and the ideological underpinnings of modern completions assessed. Overall, the book affirms that Mozart's Requiem, fascinating for interacting musical, biographical, circumstantial and psychological reasons, cannot be fully appreciated by studying only Mozart's activities. Broad-ranging hermeneutic approaches to the work, moreover, supersede traditionally limited discursive confines.

    • Provides a new interpretation of this familiar work by emphasizing the reception of Mozart's Requiem pertaining to the legend as well as the known facts
    • Discusses Mozart's work on the Requiem, paying attention to the completion by Franz Xaver Süssmayr and modern completions, presenting a rounded discussion of the Requiem as a whole, not just an account of Mozart's portions of it
    • Combines different methods of scholarly enquiry - aesthetic, historical, theoretical, source- and reception-related - to suggest directions in which the study of Mozart's Requiem and Mozart's music more generally, will evolve in the future
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    • Winner (in Hardback) of the 2013 Marjorie Weston Emerson Award, Mozart Society of America

    Reviews & endorsements

    'It is astounding that Keefe opens up new ground in large areas … A far-reaching book … All in all, a first-class monograph, outstandingly produced and printed, which will be read cover to cover as well as used for reference.' Manfred Hermann Schmid, Mozart-Jahrbuch 2013

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    14th Apr 2014 by HarshM

    Good book. Very in-depth and concise. It would be ideal as an e-book.

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    Product details

    • Date Published: July 2015
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107532953
    • length: 278 pages
    • dimensions: 245 x 170 x 15 mm
    • weight: 0.48kg
    • contains: 3 tables 48 music examples
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction: Mozart's Requiem in context
    1. The Requiem legend in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries
    2. Criticism and scholarship from 1800 to the present day
    3. The Requiem in performance
    4. Mozart's work on the Requiem: sounds and strategies
    5. After Mozart: the Requiem completion, 1791–2
    6. Modern completions of the Requiem
    Epilogue: a Requiem for the future.

  • Author

    Simon P. Keefe, University of Sheffield
    Simon P. Keefe is James Rossiter Hoyle Chair and Head of Music at the University of Sheffield. He is the author of Mozart's Piano Concertos: Dramatic Dialogue in the Age of Enlightenment and Mozart's Viennese Instrumental Music: A Study of Stylistic Re-invention and has edited five volumes for Cambridge University Press: The Cambridge History of Eighteenth-Century Music, Mozart Studies, The Cambridge Mozart Encyclopedia (with Cliff Eisen), The Cambridge Companion to Mozart and The Cambridge Companion to the Concerto. He is also the author of more than forty scholarly articles and book chapters.


    • Winner (in Hardback) of the 2013 Marjorie Weston Emerson Award, Mozart Society of America

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