Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – Ave Verum Corpus

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – Ave Verum Corpus

Baden (Austria) — 1791

Written 6 months before his death: a motet by Mozart, which is still part of the Catholic liturgy

  1. This motet by W.A. Mozart (1756–91) maintains a fixed place in the liturgy of the Catholic Church today

  2. Mozart wrote this small masterpiece in Baden bei Wien just 6 months before his death

  3. Although quite short, it has been described as the "crystallization of classical simplicity and greatness"

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – Ave Verum Corpus

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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – Ave Verum Corpus

Written only 6 months before his death, the Ave Verum Corpus is a motet by W.A. Mozart that has maintained its fixed place in the liturgy of the Catholic Church to this day. Although a short piece lasting only a few minutes, it is considered to be a superb composition.

Ave Verum Corpus

The motette Ave Verum Corpus, for four voices, orchestra, and organ, KV 618, was written by W.A. Mozart in Baden bei Wien on June 17th, 1791, barely half a year before his death, presumably for his dear friend Anton Stoll, who was the choirmaster there. With its gripping intimacy, it is a hymn that has maintained its fixed place in the liturgy of the Catholic Church to this day. Consisting of 46 bars, it only lasts a few minutes, but the piece can be considered the "crystallization of classical simplicity and greatness".

Codicology

Size / Format
4 pages / 23.3 × 32.5 cm
Origin
Austria
Date
1791
Genre
Artist / School

Available facsimile editions:
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – Ave Verum Corpus – Mus. Hs. 18.975/3 – Österreichische Nationalbibliothek (Vienna, Austria)
Akademische Druck- u. Verlagsanstalt (ADEVA) – Graz, 2000
Facsimile Editions

#1 W.A. Mozart: Ave verum Corpus, KV 818

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – Ave Verum Corpus – Mus. Hs. 18.975/3 – Österreichische Nationalbibliothek (Vienna, Austria)
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – Ave Verum Corpus – Mus. Hs. 18.975/3 – Österreichische Nationalbibliothek (Vienna, Austria) Copyright Photos: Ziereis Facsimiles

Binding: Commentary volume with silver embossed book cover, facsimile in a slip pocket.
Commentary: 1 volume (16 pages) by G. Brosche
Languages: English, German
1 volume: Exact reproduction of the original document (extent, color and size) Edited and commented by G. Brosche. Facsimile: 4 pages, the leaves are trimmed according to the original and added to the commentary. Commentary: 16 pages, 4 black and white illustrations, text in German/English.
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