Mozart’s Mass in C Minor K. 427

A new approach to a great work

In cooperation between the International Mozarteum Foundation Salzburg and Bärenreiter, a new edition of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's unfinished Mass in C Minor K. 427 is being presented. This takes the current state of research into account and – beyond the possibilities of a scholarly Complete Edition - also the practical needs of the performer. Ulrich Leisinger, Director of the Research Department at the International Mozarteum Foundation, developed this cautious new version on the basis of the corresponding volume from the "New Mozart Edition".

With the performance of the work at the Salzburg Festival on 5 August under the direction of Andrew Manze with the Camerata Salzburg, the Bach Choir Salzburg and an excellent quartet of soloists, the new reconstruction of the Mass was presented to the public for the first time in the city where the premiere had taken place in 1783. The new version contains all the parts which were set to music by Mozart (but without a new composition of the missing parts of the Credo and an Agnus Dei out of respect for the genius). This edition is envisaged to be published by Bärenreiter in December 2019and will include a full score, parts, the vocal score and choral score (BA 9188). Preliminary material is already available on hire.

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Photo from left to right: Wolfgang Thein (Bärenreiter Director of the Editorial Department ) with Ulrich Leisinger (Director of the Research Department at the International Mozarteum Foundation) and Johannes Honsig-Erlenburg (President of the International Mozarteum Foundation) in front of Mozart's legendary Magic Flute House in the garden of the Mozarteum (© wildbild/Rohrer)