Exsultate Jubilate K165
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

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2nd of Mozart's 19 entries.

Along with its cheery 'Alleluia', Mozart's solo religious motet was written in 1773 for the castrato Venanzio Rauzzini. Today, the piece is performed by a soprano, who has to be able to tackle the final movement's speedy running scales — it may not have been written for the stage, but the discipline and skill required to sing the music is that of an opera diva.

The Virgin with Angels by William-Adolphe Bouguereau (c.1900).