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SSATB choir, piano with optional orchestral score (SSATB choir)
Composed by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791). Edited by Henry Gibbons and Ling Liing Tam. Octavo. Alliance Music Publications #AMP 0480. Published by Alliance Music Publications (AN.AMP-0480).

Item Number: AN.AMP-0480


Credo from Mass in C Minor, KV 427

Usually Mozart composed on commission (operas, wind concertos, the Requiem, dance music for the court) or on speculation of future financial gain (symphonies and piano concertos for his own lucrative public concerts). The Mass in C Minor, KV 427, is unusual in that it was written for purely personal reasons, with no prospect of performance or publication, to fulfill a vow he had made while praying for his wife Constanze's recovery from an illness. On a return visit to Salzburg in the summer of 1783, Mozart had hoped to heal the rift that his marriage to Constanze had caused in his relationship to his own family, who disapproved of Constanze 's family. He brought the movements of a yet to be completed mass with him as a peace offering. It was performed in church on October 26, with Constanze singing the soprano solo, and presumably with movements of other massessubstituted for the missing sections.

Henry Gibbons

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