Mozart Ave verum corpus, K. 618

Ave verum corpus is a motet written by Mozart for Anton Stoll, the musical coordinator in the parish of Baden bei Wien, near Vienna. Composed to celebrate the feast of Corpus Christi; the autograph is dated 17 June 1791, less than six months to the date of Mozart's death. It is only forty-six bars long and is scored for SATB choir, string instruments, and organ. Mozart's manuscript itself contains minimal directions, with only a single sotto voce at the beginning. It is said that it foreshadows some aspects of the Requiem. Franz Liszt quotes Mozart's motet in the piano piece Evocation à la Chapelle Sixtine. Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky incorporates an orchestration of Liszt's transcription in his fourth orchestral suite, Mozartiana, Op. 61.
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Ave verum corpus, K. 618
Ave verum corpus, K. 618 - For 5 Flutes (Kamioka)
Ave verum corpus, K. 618 (Vocal Ensemble)

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Ave verum corpus, K. 618
Ave verum corpus, K. 618
Ave verum corpus, K. 618

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