Mozart composed his Requiem Mass in D Minor in Vienna in 1791. Due to an illness that caused his death, Mozart was unable to finish Lacrimosa. Fortunately, one of his pupils Franz Xaver Süssmayr was able to finish it for him. Lacrimosa is a sorrowful dissonant piece about death. Violins start the piece my introducing the motiv repeated many times to build tension. In the background of violins are violas and cellos playing the same notes but augmented in a syncopated rhythm. After the second time the motiv is repeated, the choir enters all together at mezzo piano creating homophony. The dissonant harmonies continue to add darkness, and somberness to the music. Then both strings and the chorus have a subito piano. With the addition of brass, the orchestra crescendos on accented notes creating the first climax and ending in a timpini rumble. After the timpani rumble there is another subito piano, followed by and unexpected subito forte after a few measures. You begin to notice that it is no longer homophonic because the basses and tenors... [continues]
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