Dated within the last six months of the composer's life, the Ave Verum Corpus, K. 168 is a profound example of the unrivaled beauty, elegance and simplicity of Mozart's style. It is a stand-alone choral work based on a sacred Latin text, probably written for a Corpus Christi service in Baden, near Vienna.
Often cited as one of Mozart's most ?perfect? works, it?s sublimity inspired the following remarks from Albert Einstein: ?the perfection of modulation and part-writing, lightly introducing polyphony as a final intensification, (is) no longer perceived. Here...ecclesiastical and personal elements flow together. The problem of style is solved.?
Originally scored for four-part chorus (SATB), organ and strings, this arrangement preserves the original key and markings; the only additions are the ?molto cantabile? marking in the solo voice and the suggested metronome marking of q=80.
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