2005 Student Research Conference:
18th Annual Student Research Conference

Fine Arts

Mozart's Mass in C-Minor
Matthew J. Tingler
Dr. David McKamie, Faculty Mentor

The years 1781 through 1783 were a period of intense transition for the composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. In the course of these three short years, he left the service of the Archbishop of Salzburg, moved to Vienna, and married against his father’s will. All of these events had a great impact on the mental and spiritual state of the young man. During this time, Mozart focused primarily on opera and symphonies as his main source of both income and artistic outlet, but his spiritual conflict is shown in 1783 by the Salzburg premier of one of Mozart’s greatest works: the Mass in C-Minor. This presentation will focus on the aspects of Mozart’s life leading up to the great mass, some of the characteristics of the piece, and Mozart’s reasoning behind the Mass in C-Minor.

Keywords: Mozart, Mass in C-Minor, Music, Salzburg, Austria, Sacred Music, Choral Works


Presentation Type: Oral Paper

Session: 3-1
Location: OP 2115
Time: 8:15

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