MOZART, WOLFGANG AMADEUS
Manuscript performing parts for the Mass in C ('Coronation'), K.317
notated in brown ink by apparently four different scribes, a set of instrumental parts, without horns, in one copyist hand, a complete set of vocal parts for SATB and five copies of the soprano part for the Agnus Dei in another, and further copies of the soprano, tenor and bass parts for the Agnus Dei in two other hands
26 parts (7, 6, 6, 6, 12 (violin I), 10, 9, 7, 7, 4, 4, 4, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1 pages), folio (c.35.5 x 22.5cm), some parts watermarked "F", the staves drawn with a single-headed rastrum, a correction to the solo alto part written on a loose strip of paper, some pencil corrections to the parts, blue wrapper with manuscript title "Messe. No I...", pencil number to upper wrapper ("1029"), no place or date [probably early C19th], [cf Haberkamp, p.130]
The Mass in C, K.317, was written by Mozart in March 1779. It seems to have acquired its moniker Krönungsmesse ('Coronation') at the Imperial court in Vienna in the early nineteenth century, as a result of being preferred, according to David Black, as the music for royal and imperial coronations. A first edition of the score, by Breitkopf & Härtel, entitled 'Messe. No I', appeared between June and November 1803.
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