String Quartet No. 5
A Tribute to W.A. Mozart

Oskar Morawetz
Composition Date: 1991
Genre: Strings (bowed), Solo / Ensemble, Quartet (2 Violin / Viola / Cello)

Instrumentation:

Instrumentation Set Number 1:
  • 2 x Violin
  • 1 x Viola
  • 1 x Violoncello
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Oskar Morawetz

String Quartet No. 5, ‘Tribute to W.A. Mozart’, 1991

Commissioned by: Toronto Mozart Festival, with the assistance of the Ontario Arts Council

“It is a slow, single-movement rhapsody on three themes from the Requiem. Embittered in spirit and conservatively anguished in harmonic language, it is lyrical and traditionally conceived throughout.”
Peter Mose, The Toronto Star, June 27, 1991


“This composition is based on Mozart’s last work, the Requiem, which is one of his most profound and moving compositions. Morawetz uses only three themes from the Requiem: the ‘Lacrimosa’, ‘Dies Irae’, and ‘Kyrie eleison’. He developed them into a kind of symphonic poem for string quartet wherein the moods vary greatly from sadness, to anger, despair, cries for help, and ultimately resignation.

“According to one letter written by Mozart in the last days of his life, he must have been aware that his health was fading fast and that he would not be able to finish one of his greatest works. And so, the music brings back now only the themes of tears and prayer to God. The composition quietly concludes in a serene celestial atmosphere of peace.”



Premiere Information:
Orford String Quartet

CATALOGUE INFO:

  • Call Number:
  • MI 3134 M831tr
  • Genre:
  • Strings (bowed), Solo / Ensemble, Quartet (2 Violin / Viola / Cello)
  • Date of Acquisition:
  • July 2, 1992
  • Type:
  • Print-music, Published by CMC
  • Physical Description:
  • Score
    23 Pages
    Height: 30 cm
    Width: 23 cm
    Parts page count: 35
    4 parts
  • Additional Information:

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