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MASONIC CANTATA

"Laut verkünde unsre Freude"
Two Tenors, Bass - Flute, two Oboes, two Horns and Strings

Text of ? Karl Ludwig Gieseke (1761-1833)

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Place and date of 1st execution

Place and date of composition

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623

Vienna, 18 November 1791

Vienna, 15 November 1791

Mozart's last completed composition will always have a special place in our affection, end it is a true masterpiece. The diminutive (kleine) in the title in Mozart's entry in his catalogue, is misplaced. This is comfortably the longest of all his Masonic compositions. It opens with a three-part chorus in C (with solo voices) that leads straight into an accompained recitative in which the tenor soloist praises the completion of the new temple of the lodge "Zur neugekrönten Hoffnung", which was solemnly opened on 18 November 1791. This was the last meeting that Mozart attended, and the last time he directed a musical performance. The cantata continues with a tenor aria, a recitative and duet in which the second soloist, a bass, takes part. The opening chorus is then repeated. The work was published on a subscription basis in 1792 "for the benefit of Mozart's widow and orphans". The text is often but erroneously attributed to Emanuel Schikaneder (1751-1812), the librettist of "Die Zauberflöte". He however was never a member of the "New-crowned Hope" Lodge, and the announcement in the "Wiener Zeitung" inviting subscriptions specifies that "the words of the cantata are the work of a member [of the lodge]". The most likely author is K. L. Gieseke (1761-1833). (Text)

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N. 1 Coro - "Recitativo "Laut verkünde unsre Freude"  (zip_icon 2,90 MB)
N. 2 Aria - "Dieser Gottheit Allmacht"  (zip_icon 2,88 MB)
Recitativo "Wohlan, ihr Brüder"  (zip_icon 0,9 MB)
N. 3 Duetto "Lange sollen diese Mauern"  (zip_icon 2,67 MB)
N. 4 Allegro [Coro] "Laut verkünde unsre Freude"  (zip_icon 1,36 MB)

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Tenor I: PETER SCHREIER  Tenor II: HANS-PETER BLOCHWITZ
Bass: ANDREAS SCHMIDT
Chorus master: GERT FRISCHMUTH  Chorus: MÄNNERCHOR DES RUNDFUNKCHORES LEIPZIG
Orchestra: STAATKAPELLE DRESDEN  Conducted by: PETER SCHREIER
Dresden, January 1988 & June 1989

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