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The Master Musicians: Mozart$
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Julian Rushton

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780195182644

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195182644.001.0001

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The Last Years 1788–1791

The Last Years 1788–1791

(p.201) Chapter 17 The Last Years 1788–1791
The Master Musicians: Mozart

Julian Rushton

Oxford University Press

The penultimate entry for 1788 in Mozart's catalogue reads “NB: im Monath November Händels Acis und Galathée für Baron Suiten bearbeitet”. Mozart had taken over from the ballet composer Joseph Starzer as musical director for Swieten's enterprise, and Acis was the first Handel arrangement made to suit Viennese taste — one of many activities for which we can only guess at how much Mozart was paid. Messiah followed, for performances in March and April 1789 at the house of Count Johann Baptist Esterházy; Lange and Adamberger were among the soloists. In July 1790, he added arrangements of Dryden's St Cecilia odes, “From Harmony” and “Alexander's Feast”.

Keywords:   Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, composition, musical director, Acis, Messiah

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