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Opus Ultimum:
The Story of the Mozart Requiem
  • Daniel N. Leeson
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Opus Ultimum: .  The Story of the Mozart Requiem
About the Author

Daniel N. Leeson was bass clarinetist with the San Jose Symphony orchestra for twenty years and is an award-winning writer of nonfiction, including articles dealing with Mozart, published in the Mozart Jahrbuch, Music and Letters, The Instrumentalist, The Musical Times, Musical America, MadAminA, the International Journal of Musicology, Eighteenth Century Music, and The Newsletter of the Mozart Society of America. In addition, he has written program notes for the London Proms concerts, the San Francisco Symphony, San Francisco's Midsummer Mozart Festival, and others. He is an editor of the Neue Mozart Ausgabe's 120 volumes of Mozart's music, and is an officer of the Mozart Society of America.
Leeson has been an invited speaker at the Salzburg Mozarteum as part of the International Congress of Mozart scholars; at the Chautauqua Institute; the Nevada Mozart Festival; and the California Mozart Society in Carmel/Monterey. In 1992 and 1993, he was a faculty member of the Mozart Opera Studies Institute (San Francisco State University and California State University, Fresno). 
Leeson's fiction work, The Mozart Forgeries, was published in 2004.

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The haunting beauty of Mozart's Requiem and the tragic circumstances surrounding its composition have made it a favorite among performers and listeners alike. But how much of it is actually Mozart's - and how do we know? Who wrote the missing...
The haunting beauty of Mozart's Requiem and the tragic circumstances surrounding its composition have made it a favorite among performers and listeners alike. But how much of it is actually Mozart's - and how do we know? Who wrote the missing pieces? What role did his wife, Constanze, play - and what about the man who secretly commissioned the work? Who tricked whom, and who had the last laugh in this grim tale?
The author, an internationally recognized expert on Mozart, traces the complex web of events and intrigue that produced the Requiem and miraculously preserved it for posterity. Here is an accurate, precise, complete narrative of the dramatic story, minus the difficult terms and musicological obscurities; with a spoonful of sugar, the author introduces some of the technical problems, clues, and terminology used in reconstructing such histories.
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The complex drama surrounding Mozart's final days and his noble Requiem is told here in a lyrical narrative style, relating the events that secretly transformed an incomplete musical blueprint for what was only a part of a composition into what is universally agreed to be one of humankind's greatest treasures.

Sound Bite

The complex drama surrounding Mozart's final days and his noble Requiem is told here in a lyrical narrative style, relating the events that secretly transformed an incomplete musical blueprint for what was only a part of a composition into what is universally agreed to be one of humankind's greatest treasures.
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Concise, persuasive and logical. -- Publishers Weekly | More »
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Pages 188
Year: 2004
LC Classification: ML410.M9L274
Dewey code: 782.32'38dc22
BISAC: REL055000
BISAC: MUS020000
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ISBN: 978-0-87586-328-3
Price: USD 22.95
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