No other musical artwork has been the cause of such legends, daring theories or controversies, as the Requiem. The circumstances surrounding the emergence of this work, which was left unfinished by the composer strongly raised early speculations, which were far removed from the actual facts. The 19th century leaned toward the legendary embellishment of historical events, in particular when details were unknown or could be verified for certain. The Requiem was a prime example of this phenomenon.
W.A. Mozart: Requiem, KV 626
Graz: Akademische Druck- u. Verlagsanstalt (ADEVA), 1990
- Commentary (English, German) by Brosche, G.
- Limited Edition: 2000 copies
- This facsimile is complete (full-size color reproduction of the whole original document).
This facsimile edition serves for further research study but also as a work base for interpreters. The true to original colour reproduction of the various inks is of extremely helpful assistance in the study of the origins of this work: what no microfilm is able to show, is clearly visible in the facsimile.
The first 1913 facsimile edition published by Alfred Schnerich was limited to the rendition of Mozart’s fragmented written parts (including the attempt to add pieces into the sequence by Franz Eybler). This edition has been sold out for a long time. With respect to the younger editions, Leopold Nowak’s 1965 Requiem edition was produced as the “new Mozart edition” with strengthened additional research for the Requiem complex. It also included various attempts at completion of the piece and it was of course a goal to make the whole work of the Mozart Requiem accessible in the Austrian National Library where it would be kept (including as well the added writings of Franz Xaver Suessmayrs and newly composed parts).
The edition comprises three volumes:
Facsimile – Part 1: fol. 1–64 (128 pp.);
Facsimile – Part 2: fol. 65–100 (72 pp.);
The two facsimile parts and the commentary will be in a slipcase.
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