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Mozart's Thematic Catalogue - ff. 28v-29r

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July to 15 November 1791

Mozart completed two operas in his last year. One was La Clemenza di Tito, commissioned for Emperor Leopold II's coronation as King of Bohemia. Mozart travelled to Prague with Constanze and his pupil Sussmayr to conduct the première on 6 September. The other was Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute), which was first staged at Shickaneder's Viennese theatre on 30 September. He began work on his last great work in October, a requiem commissioned anonymously in July by Count Walsegg-Stuppach for his deceased wife. This work was not recorded in the catalogue because Mozart never had a chance to finish it. On 20 November illness forced him to take to his bed. Just after 1 a.m. on 5 December, Mozart died, aged just 35. His requiem was later completed partly by Sussmayr and partly by Joseph Eybler.

In July 1791

K620. Mozart's German opera in two acts, Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute) is famous for its depiction of Masonic symbolism and beliefs. The Magic Flute and La Clemenza di Tito soon became Mozart's most popular operas and were performed throughout Europe over the next twenty years.

5-6 September 1791

K621. The opera seria in two acts, La Clemenza di Tito, was first performed in Prague on 6 September 1791. Apparently Mozart was still composing the work on his way to Prague. At first it was not warmly received but by the end of its run on 30 September, it was greeted with great acclaim.

28 September 1791

K620. The priests' march and the overture for Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute). Mozart entered these pieces in the catalogue two days before the opera was performed, which suggests that he was making changes up to the last minute.

28 September 1791

K622. Clarinet concerto in A. Mozart composed this piece for his friend, the virtuoso clarinet player Anton Stadler. The clarinet and basset-horn solos in La Clemenza di Tito were also written for Stadler, as was the clarinet quintet K581.

15 November 1791

K623. Mozart's Masonic cantata Laut verkunde unsere Freude, for two tenors, bass and small orchestra, was the last completed work entered in the catalogue. It was performed at the reorganised Masonic lodge called "New-Crowned Hope" in Vienna on 18 November 1791. Mozart was elated by its success, but two days later became severely ill.

Musical extracts recorded at the Royal College of Music, London

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