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Robert Xavier Rodríguez

Publisher: G. Schirmer

Agnus Dei (completion of Mozart's Mass in C minor) (2006)
G Schirmer Inc
Chorus and Orchestra/Ensemble
Year Composed
8 Minutes
Bass, 2 Sopranos, Tenor
Programme Note
Robert Xavier Rodríguez Agnus Dei (completion of Mozart's Mass in C minor) (2006)
Composer note:

Scholars have long debated why Mozart never completed this masterpiece....Another lingering question about Mozart's mass concerns what provisions were made for its missing portions (parts of the Credo and the entire Agnus Dei) at the Salzburg premiere....I cast the Agnus Dei in a modified sonata form....I [also] used three of Mozart's own melodies from the mass....My Agnus Dei is a synthesis of three stylistic worlds: Medieval, Classical and Contemporary. All themes, styles and performing forces join at the end in a tranquil, extended canonic setting of words which continue to be appropriate for our own troubled times: Dona nobis pacem.

— Robert X. Rodríguez

There was plenty to cheer: The commissioning of a work — Robert Rodríguez' Agnus Dei — that not only complemented and 'completed' Mozart's unfinished Mass...but will certainly have continued life as part of the symphonic repertoire.
Dayton Daily News, ,01/01/0001
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