Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Lyrics

Recordare Jesu pie,
quod sum causa tuae viae,
ne me perdas illa die.

Quaerens me sedisti lassus,
redemisti crucem passus;
tantus labor non sit cassus.

Juste judex ultionis,
donum fac remissionis ante diem rationis.

Ingemisco tanquam reus,
culpa rubet vultus meus;
supplicanti parce Deus.

Qui Mariam absolvisti,
et latronem exaudisti,
mihi quoque spem dedisti.

Preces meae non sum dignae,
sed tu, bonus, fac benigne,
ne perenni cremer igne.

Inter oves locum praesta,
et ab hoedis me sequestra,
statuens in parte dextra.

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My favorite movement of the whole Requiem. Absolutely heavenly. <3

James Stevens

@Antonius Tertius Yes, you are right. I have a facsimile edition of the entire Requiem score - you can see the difference in the handwritings... and also how much Mozart was in a rush. He obviosly felt that the sands of time were running low for him.

Antonius Tertius

@James Stevens Interesting. Could you show the original Mozart's score of this part of the requiem. I did read somewhere that Mozart had composed all choir parts for this piece, and the instrumental parts for the first movements, then Süßmayer finished the rest.

James Stevens

@Antonius Tertius This is not correct - music of this quality can only be by Mozart himself; Süßmayer filled up some of the harmonies, yet he did not compose the movement.


Actually, it was just sufficiently composed by Mozart. The several bars in the end contain even the completions needed verbatim throughout the movement with the orchestral parts.

Even several parts like Benedictus are in fact Mozart or based mostly on Mozart, alas, that for example was taken from a practice book for Barbara Polyer, etc.

To be honest, I like the minimalism and the dramatic effect of the missing full orchestration. With Mozart's dramatic life and end of life, it's even more powerful to hear the silence and only bare and most important notes. There are no too many notes, discard one and the piece falls. :)
Anyway, it feels for me much more intimidate, the dramatic minimal chapel manuscript version, with Mozart's final breath.... An intimate, contrapuntal requiem.

Antonius Tertius

@Enzo Lizardo Yeah. That was what I read. Do you know a video called Mozart Complete Works in Minor keys?

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Kőrösi Lőrinc

One of the most beautiful part of this Requiem!!

Lucas Oliveira

Agr entendo porque alguns brincam dizendo que "duvidam" q essa música foi escrita pelo Mozart. Não combina mt com a personalidade jovial e o espírito de criança dele. Ele ama brincar com um Dó maior. Mas a referência musical dele combina c essa letra... Ele amava o "coral das nove" da Igreja local dele rsrs

Berke Feil

There is a mystical component to this music if you ask me. Mozart wrote (almost all of) recordare while he suspected his own death. It reflects a reality beyond our limited scope of perception, that is closest to being expressed through music. And whether you believe in the beyond is not the point, since it’s about the unfolding of a certain experiential reality through these notes.
“The taste of death is upon my lips. I feel something that is not of this earth.” W.A. Mozart

James Stevens

I absolutely agree - this is music that cannot be "composed" by a human being - it is an echo of something higher than us.

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