Mozart's Requiem Mass D minor K626, 1791

Mozart's Requiem Mass D minor K626, 1791


Mozart's Requiem Mass D minor K626

Date: 1791

View this manuscript in the Digital Library


Mozart composed part of the Requiem in Vienna in late 1791, but it was unfinished at his death on 5 December the same year. A completed version dated 1792 by Franz Xaver Süssmayr was delivered to Count Franz von Walsegg, who commissioned the piece for a Requiem service to commemorate the anniversary of his wife's death on 14 February.

The autograph manuscript shows the finished and orchestrated Introit in Mozart's hand, and detailed drafts of the Kyrie and the sequence Dies irae as far as the first eight bars of the Lacrimosa movement, and the Offertory. It cannot be shown to what extent Süssmayr may have depended on now lost "scraps of paper" for the remainder; he later claimed the Sanctus and Agnus Dei as his own.

Note from the data source:

Notes: score, autograph and various other manuscripts, including by Franz Xaver Süßmayr; 2 Volumes: 1) "delivery score" (score with the addition of Franz Xaver Süßmayr), 2) "work score"; 100 sheets: 1) p. 1r-64v (red ink), 2) p. 65r-100v (red ink) 

Notes: p. 1r top right: "di me W: A: Mozart mpr 1792". - Bl. 65r: "Everything that is not fenced with a lead spring is Mozart's handwriting"; "to pagina 32" 

Information about the content:1) I. Introitus: Requiem (Bl. 1r-5v). - II. Kyrie (Bl. 5v-9r); 9v-10v empty. - III. Sequence: This irae (Bl. 11r-15r); Tuba mirum (Bl. 15v-19r); Rex tremendae (Bl. 19v-21v); Recordare (p. 22r-28r); Confutatis (pp. 28v-31v); Lacrymosa (Bl. 32r-34r); Bl. 34v empty. - IV. Offertory: Domine Jesu (Bl. 35r-41v); Hostias (p. 42r-44v). - V. Sanctus (sheets 45r-47r). - VI. Benedictus (Bl. 47v-53r). - VII. Agnus Dei (pp. 53v-56r). - VIII. Communio: Lux aeterna (Bl. 56r-63v); Bl. 64r: Voices for 2 trumpets in B to Benedictus; 64v empty 

Content information:2) I. This irae (p. 65r-69v). - II. Tuba mirum (sheets 70r-73v). - III. Rex tremendae (p. 74r-76r). - IV. Recordare (sheets 76v-82r). - V. Confutatis (p. 83r-86r); 86v empty. - VI. Lacrymosa (p.87); Bl. 88 empty. - VII. Domine Jesu (Bl. 89r-95r); Bl. 95v-96v empty. - VIII. Hostias (Bl. 97r-99r); Bl. 99v -100v blank 

Vol. 1 ("delivery score"): Kauf Katharina Adelpoller, 1838; Vol. 2 ("Arbeitspartitur"): pp. 65-86 purchase Maximilian Stadler, 1831; Bl. 87-100 Present Josef Eybler, 1833

Reproduction Details: The hardcover books are made with two pieces of real wood on the inside. The leather is a 4 oz cowhide, from a small supplier in New York state. The Glue we use to attach the leather to the wood is made at our facility, and is a period correct wheat glue. Along the spine, we use a modern perfect binding, with modern glue, to make the binding last longer. We also add three layers of mull cloth to the outside of the perfect binding, drying in between each layer, a traditional way to make the binding stiff, strong, and resilient.

Note: This facsimile was edited slightly, the original scans were take with a black background and they have been changed to white to appeal to the eye better. No content has been changed.

Add To Cart