Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus (1756 – 1791)

Born in Salzburg, he showed prodigious ability from his earliest childhood. Already competent on keyboard and violin, he composed from the age of five and performed before European royalty. At 17, Mozart was engaged as a musician at the Salzburg court, but grew restless and traveled in search of a better position. While visiting Vienna in 1781, he was dismissed from his Salzburg position. He chose to stay in the capital, where he achieved fame but little financial security. During his final years in Vienna, he composed many of his best-known symphonies, concertos, and operas, and portions of the Requiem, which was largely unfinished at the time of his death.

He composed more than 600 works, many acknowledged as pinnacles of symphonic, concertante, chamber, operatic, and choral music. He is among the most enduringly popular of classical composers, and his influence is profound on subsequent Western art music. Ludwig van Beethoven composed his own early works in the shadow of Mozart, and Joseph Haydn wrote: “posterity will not see such a talent again in 100 years”. (source: Wikipedia)

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Ave Verum Corpus
BE 120207 – $38.00
3′ 00″ – easy

While in the middle of writing his opera The Magic Flute, Mozart composed his Ave Verum Corpus (K. 618) in June of 1791, just 6 months before his death.  It is only forty-six measures long and was originally scored for SATB choir accompanied by strings and organ.

arranged by Michael Allen for (423.11) – 2 B flat Trumpets, 2 Flugelhorns, 2 Horns, 2 Tenor Trombones, Bass Trombone, Euphonium, Tuba

Queen of the Night Aria
BE 991205 – $38.00
3′ 00″ – advanced (solo is virtuoso)

From the opera The Magic Flute – features a solo piccolo trumpet (written for Ryan Anthony) – 2nd act ‘revenge’ aria

arranged by Michael Allen for (423.11) Solo piccolo in B flat, Trumpet in E flat, 2 Flugelhorns, 2 Horns, 2 Tenor Trombones, Bass Trombone, Euphonium, Tuba, Timpani

Recorded by our friends in the Burning River Brass on Dorian xCD90277 – Of Knights and Castles