Waiheke Island Choral Society

P O Box 333, Oneroa, Waiheke Island 1840, New Zealand


Mozart and More (May 2018)

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Mozart’s Requiem in D minor

Most requiems are sad, contemplative affairs, full of melancholy over the loss of loved ones and prayers for their eternal rest. In Mozart’s Requiem in D minor, this quiet, pensive mood lasts for all of twenty-four seconds before giving way to the composer’s terror in the face of death.

Mozart wrote his Requiem in 1791, the last year of his short life. It was commissioned by Count Franz von Walsegg, but Mozart’s widow Constanze later recounted her husband’s hallucinations that he was writing the music for his own funeral. The Introitus, Dies irae, and Confutatis movements feature menacing bass and tenor lines dealing with death and damnation, alternating with lilting soprano and alto prayers. The Kyrie movement, a plea to the Lord for mercy, takes on a frantic quality and ends in a desperate, almost demanding tone. Only the Lacrimosa movement returns to the subject of tears for the departed.

The composition of the Requiem was fictionalised in the 1979 play Amadeus, adapted to film in 1984. The story line held that Mozart had no idea who had commissioned the work, and that rival composer Antonio Salieri was behind the commission, intending to pass the Requiem off as his own work after Mozart’s death — a death which Salieri was keen to hurry along. In reality Constanze, at least, knew exactly who had commissioned the work, since she presented Count von Walsegg with the bill. It is quite possible that von Walsegg himself intended to steal the Requiem, a trick that he is known to have played on other composers.

Mozart never completed the Requiem in D minor; after his death, Constanze arranged with Mozart’s student Franz Xaver Süssmayr to finish the work, presumably using notes left by Mozart. Musicologists have argued ever since just how much of the Requiem is really Mozart’s. The five movements being presented today are known to have been substantially written by Mozart himself.


Concert Programme

(Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart)

Ave verum corpus

Requiem in D minor:

• Introitus (with solo by Saskia)

• Kyrie (ensemble)

• Dies irae

• Confutatis (ensemble)

• Lacrimosa


• Luci care, luci belle

• Se lontan ben miu tu (ensemble)

• Due pupille amabili

• Più non si trovano (ensemble)

Soave sia il vento (Cosí Fan Tutte: Andy, Maya & Saskia with Rosemary on piano)

Andante in C major for flute and piano (Ariane and Rosemary)

Polonaise (L Mozart, arranged by Henry O Millsby)

Bourée (L Mozart, arranged by Henry O Millsby)


Waiheke Choral Society

Musical Director: Ariane Duclos
Piano: Carolyn Smart
Rosemary Adler
Clarinet: Janneke Visser
Willi Willmann
Flute: Ariane Duclos
Violin: Ben Cobbett
Ensemble: Andy Spence (T), Ann Jocelyn (A), Dee Austring (A), Mark James (T), Maya Spence (S), Nicolas Herren (B), Peter Forster (B), Rosemary Adler (S), Saskia Herren (S)
Committee: Saskia Herren (President), Mark James (Treasurer), Susan Triggs (Secretary), Andy Spence, Gavin Smart, Maya Spence, Nicolas Herren

Choir Members:


 Frances Salt Janet Mayes
 Mary Batten Maya Spence
 Nika Dyblenko Norma Cross
 Pam Manktelow Rosemary Adler
 Sandra Alley Saskia Herren
 Susan Triggs


 Ann Jocelyn Christine Beardon
 Dee Austring Eileen Boghurst
 Elizabeth Haylock Erica Hailstone
 Gillian Reeve Hiromi Stewart
 Jeanne Mellamphy Kara Nelson
 Kayla Mackenzie-Kopp Kyrie Rose
 Liz Watts Sophie Zaczek


 Gavin Smart Helga Meyer
 Jane Griffith Joan Kirk
 Mark James Shona McIvor


 Andy Spence Nicolas Herren
 Peter Forster Trevor Hynds

Ariane Duclos conducts the Choral Society in Mozart's Requiem

Ariane Duclos conducts the Waiheke Island Choral Society. Photo: Chris Walker

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