Ave Verum Corpus (Hail true body)
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

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The 16th of Mozart's 20 entries in the Ultimate Hall of Fame. This peaked at number 41 as recently as 2014.

Just forty-six bars containing around three minutes of music. And yet they are capable of leaving the listener just as moved as might an entire five-day long cycle of Wagner's Ring Cycle. And certainly less tired.

Ave verum corpus is another work that Mozart composed in the final year of his life. It was written almost as a payment to a friend in much the same way that Picasso would give away sketches. Anton Stoll was a chorus master at a small church in Baden, and had often helped Mozart by making travel arrangements for his wife, Constanze. Despite having his money worries, Mozart still liked to make sure his wife had her restorative periods at Baden.