Requiem K626 (includes Lacrymosa)
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart


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When Count Von Walsegg's wife Anna died on Valentine's day 1791, it set in motion a series of events that, one could argue, has never stopped.

Walsegg approached Mozart for a requiem, through a third party, totally spooking an already unstable Mozart in the process. Walsegg was probably intending to pass off the work as his own once Mozart had completed writing it — he had form in this area.

The work was never delivered by Mozart, who died before he had finished composing it. It was brushed into some sort of shape by Mozart's only composition pupil, Sussmayr, but to the complete lack of satisfaction of scholars down the centuries. As a result, the world and his wife have tried to complete it after him. Regardless, the Requiem still sounds wonderful to most ears.