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Berlioz on Mozart's Requiem #2428236
06/03/15 06:19 AM
06/03/15 06:19 AM
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LaReginadellaNotte Offline OP
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In a critique of Mozart's Requiem, Berlioz praised certain movements (e.g. Rex Tremendae and Lacrimosa), but dismissed others as inadequate. I was very surprised that he considered the Dies Irae unsatisfactory, as that has always been my favorite portion of the Requiem. Berlioz thought that it didn't sound scary enough. He claimed that even the weakest imagination can envision terrors far more severe than what Mozart's music suggests. Personally, I think that the Dies Irae sounds even more horrific than the penultimate scene in Don Giovanni (which has often been praised as "terrifying").

What do you think of the Dies Irae? Do you agree with Berlioz's harsh assessment? You can hear the Dies Irae at 7:27 in this recording: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S2Ur-FosFvo

Berlioz's critique can be found here: https://books.google.com/books?id=1_0VBgAAQBAJ&pg=PA170&lpg=PA170&dq=berlioz+mozart+requiem&source=bl&ots=HJNio40pWX&sig=dtkQtKTe25Ur-IzlhjC19gqwqK0&hl=en&sa=X&ei=K-BuVdOECoifsAWSl4DYBw&ved=0CEQQ6AEwCTgK#v=onepage&q=berlioz%20mozart%20requiem&f=false The book is called Berlioz on Music: Selected Criticism, 1824-1837.

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Re: Berlioz on Mozart's Requiem [Re: LaReginadellaNotte] #2525473
03/28/16 04:22 PM
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I have just discovered this forum and your thread.

I absolutely agree with you about the "Dies Irae". I love Berlioz's music, and some of his writings are marvellous to read. However, I have never encountered his writing on the Mozart Requiem. Do you know where I should look to find it?

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