National Philharmonic: Mozart Requiem
The genius of Mozart found its last expressions in two works of transcendent beauty and power, each of them an iconic masterpiece in its genre: the Clarinet Concerto (Mozart’s last completed instrumental work) and the Requiem (which remained unfinished at his death). The elegant Clarinet Concerto, completed in October 1791, features some of the most sublime melodies that Mozart ever wrote. In the last months of his life, when he was beset by illness and financial woes, Mozart received a mysterious commission for a Requiem Mass from an anonymous patron. In his confused state of mind, Mozart believed he was composing a Requiem for his own death. He worked feverishly, literally racing against time, but the work remained unfinished at the time of his death.
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North Bethesda, MD 20852