Mozart's Requiem, Beethoven's 5th

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December 2020


The particular circumstances in which this work was commissioned, and the somewhat tragic conditions in which it was written, on its author's deathbed, fuel the legend. In July 1791, Count Walsegg-Stuppach, under the seal of secrecy, commissioned a Requiem from Mozart for his wife, who died in February. The work was postponed in October, due to the overwork that the composer was undergoing when he was taken by Tituset's Clemency by the Magic Flute. At Mozart's death, the Requiem was an unfinished work. In the final phase of his illness, Mozart had written the entire "Requiem aeternam": from the Kyrie to the Confutatis, only the vocal parts and the basso continuo were written. For the Lacrimosa, only the first eight bars of the voice and the first two bars of the violin and viola parts were written. Sketches of additional pieces have been lost. While he was bedridden, friends came to sing the parts of the Requiem at his bedside. It is possible that he was visited by Salieri.


The Symphony No. 5 in C minor, op.67, known as the Symphony of Fate, was written by Ludwig van Beethoven in 1805-18071, 2and premiered on December 22, 1808 1,2 at the Theater an der Wien in Vienna3. The composer dedicated the work to Prince Lobkowitz and Count Razumovsky, a Russian diplomat who had commissioned Beethoven's three string quartets4 of Op. 59.

This symphony gained great renown from the very first days after its first performance. E.T.A. Hoffman described it as "one of the most outstanding works of the time". Over the years it has become one of the most popular compositions of classical music and is frequently performed and recorded.

Program and cast

Orchestra: Helios Orchestra

Direction: Alain Guillouzo

Choir: Choir of La Gondoire

Church of St. Eustatius

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