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5 Reasons Why W.A. Mozart’s “Great” Mass in C minor is Just As Great As His Requiem

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W.A. Mozart has composed some of the most beloved works of music in history. Many are familiar with some of his sacred music, in particular his Requiem. But his last setting of the Catholic Mass, his Mass in C minor (K 427) may also be his greatest. It’s so great, in fact, that people today refer to it as his “Great Mass.” Here are just 5 reasons to love Mozart’s last Mass. Do you think it’s his greatest? Tell us in the comments.


  1.   Mozart composes the craziest coloratura for his wife, Constanze, to sing in the Et incarnatus est.
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  3. He shows his respect for the contrapuntal masters who came before him in the Cum sancto spiritu.
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  5. Traversing 2 octaves in 2 measures? 0 problems
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  7. The Great Mass uses the largest orchestral forces in any Mozart sacred work (besides his Kyrie in D minor), and you sure can hear it in the Sanctus!
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  9. Mozart never finished composing the “Great Mass,” but it’s great just the way it is.

Hear Mozart’s “Great” Mass in C minor performed live at the Grant Park Music Festival from anywhere in the world by streaming from WFMT.com or our apps for Apple and Android.

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