Iranian orchestra to perform Mozart Requiem in memory of artists victims of COVID-19

TEHRAN – An Iranian orchestra will perform Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Requiem tonight at Tehran’s Vahdat Hall to commemorate artists who have succumbed to COVID-19 in the country.

Bardia Kiaras will conduct the orchestra, which will have Arsalan Kamkar as first violin. The Hasmik Karapetyan Choir, Tehran Choir and Tonal Choir will also accompany the orchestra during the concert.

More than 30 famous Iranian artists, actors and filmmakers, including Khosro Sinai, Parviz Purhosseini, Changiz Jalilvand, Siamak Atlasi and Kambozia Partovi, have died from COVID-19.

Mozart composed part of the Requiem in Vienna at the end of 1791, but it was unfinished by the time of his death on December 5 of the same year.

A completed version dated 1792 by Franz Xaver Süssmayr was delivered to Count Franz von Walsegg, who commissioned the piece for a requiem service on February 14, 1792 to commemorate the first anniversary of the death of his wife Anna, who died at the age 20. .

The autographed manuscript shows the Introit completed and orchestrated by Mozart’s hand, and detailed drafts of the Kyrie and the Dies Irae sequence up to the first eight bars of the Lacrymosa movement and the Offertory.

It cannot be shown to what extent Süssmayr may have depended on the now lost “scraps of paper” for the rest; he later claims the Sanctus, the Benedictus and the Agnus Dei.

Walsegg probably intended to pass the Requiem off as his own composition, as he is known to have done with other works. This plan was thwarted by a public service performance for Mozart’s widow, Constanze.

She was responsible for a number of stories surrounding the composition of the work, including claims that Mozart received the commission from a mysterious messenger who had not disclosed the identity of the curator, and that Mozart had come to believe he was writing the requiem on his own. funeral.

In addition to the Süssmayr version, a number of alternative completions were developed by musicologists in the 20th century.

Photo: Poster of a concert that an Iranian orchestra will give at Vahdat Hall in Tehran in memory of Iranian artists who died from COVID-19.


Corina C. Butler