Mozart’s Requiem: testamentul sau


At age 31, Mozart may already have had premonitions about the brevity of his own life. His reflections, at this age, indicate a mature Christian commitment: “I never lie down in my bed without reflecting that perhaps I—young as I am—may not live to see another day; yet none of all who know me can say that I am socially melancholy or morose. For this blessing I daily thank my Creator and wish it from my heart for all my fellow men.” 20
Just four years later, at age 35, Mozart died. His health, which had always been frail, at last failed him while he worked in poverty on his last great masterpiece, the Requiem.
His biographer, Otto Jaun, has summarized the consensus of history, when he calls this Mozart’s Requiem, “The truest and most genuine expression of his nature as an artist. It is his imperishable monument.” 21 A contemporary of Mozart writes, “Mozart has disclosed his whole inner being in this one sacred work, and who can fail to be affected by the fervor of devotion and holy transport which streams from it? His Requiem is unquestionably the highest and best that modern art has to offer for sacred worship.” 22 The composer’s expressive treatment of the centuries-old Latin text clearly reveals his strong faith in “The Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world.”
At one point, Mozart confessed to Constance that he believed death was near and that he was writing Requiem for himself.23Racked with pain on his deathbed, and surrounded by several friends, the composer sang the alto part at an informal rehearsal of the unfinished work. During the “Lacrimosa” movement, Mozart burst into tears, and his final rehearsal ended. 24 He died early the next morning, December 5, 1791. His last action was to imitate the kettledrums in his Requiem.
Mozart left behind not only an unparalleled legacy of musical treasure, but a record of eighteenth century faith. A genius such as Mozart possessed, developed so fully in so young a man, may have tempted others to spiritual indifference. Mozart leaves evidence of a different response. He wrote in a letter, “Let us put our trust in God and console ourselves with the thought that all is well, if it is in accordance with the will of the Almighty, as He knows best what is profitable and beneficial to our temporal happiness and our eternal salvation.” 25
Kavanaugh, P. (1992). The spiritual lives of great composers (31). Nashville: Sparrow Press.

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Crestin, absolvent al unei facultati de teologie (protestanta). Pasionat de Biblie, carte buna, muzica buna, film bun,alte bunatati... si teologie comparata si istoria Bisericii. De orientare teologica Wesley-ana, simpatizant al paleo-ortodoxiei.

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