Davide penitente (Cantata). By Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791). Edited by Wolfgang Gersthofer. Arranged by Paul Horn. For Soli SST, SATB/SATB Choir Flute, 2 Oboes, Clarinet, 2 Bassoons, 2 Horns, 2 Clarinos/Trumpets, 3 Trombones, Timpani, 2 Violins, 2 Violas, Cello/Contrabass, [Speaker]. Stuttgart Urtext Edition. Score available separately - see item CA.5146900. Oratorios; Lent and Passiontide. Vocal score. Language: Italian. Composed 1785. KV 469. 80 pages. Duration 45 minutes. Published by Carus Verlag (CA.5146903).
With Language: Italian. Oratorios; Lent and Passiontide.
The Vienna Musicians' Society, a pension fund for the widows and orphans of professional musicians, asked Mozart, among others, to compose a choral work for performance at their benefit concert series. Presumably it was due not just to the pressure of a deadline, but also for the chance to have the music of the torso of the great C minor Mass, K. 427, performed in Vienna that he chose to arrange this composition for the Society as the cantata Davide penitente (The Mass was originally written for a performance in Salzburg in 1783). Thus, Mozart set the Kyrie and Gloria with a sacred text in Italian in the style of penitential prayers. The text was suited for Lent, which occurred at the time of the benefit concert. He also added one newly-composed aria for tenor and one aria for soprano.