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Published on Oct 26, 2008
Requiem Mass in D minor, KV 626 - Lacrimosa.
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Mozart's Requiem is his last work, written right up to his death in late 1791. It was completed by his pupil, Franz Xaver Süssmayr, and it is this version that is best known today, much due to its authenticity.
The Lacrimosa from the Requiem is the last piece of music Mozart put down to paper. Only the opening eight bars were written by Mozart, but this sublime music was enough of a lead for Süssmayr to complete the Lacrimosa effectively, with what I consider to be a seamless job (though no one knows what greater things Mozart no doubt would have had planned for it).
Here is the completed Lacrimosa; written by a man who knew his death was nigh, and who had the skill to express this through music, the material is chillingly beautiful, tragic and eternal.