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Title: It is always important to know what we sing about when we sing songs and choral works. The text and


1
It is always important to know what we sing
about when we sing songs and choral works. The
text and history help us understand the
composers intentions which, in turn, provide us
with basis for expression (such as dynamics and
syllabic stress). We have learned about other
composers, such as Palestrina and J.S. Bach, but
now it is time to examine a portion of the life
of Mozart, one of the most well-known composers
of all time.
As we work on the piece, Lacrymosa, in choir,
we will examine the history behind its making and
maker. This webquest will teach us more about
the piece and how we can improve our performance
of it. After completion of this webquest, each
of the group members (as outlined below) will
submit write-ups of the information they found,
as specific to their assigned roles. The entire
group will submit one additional page together
(with everyones name on it!) of how we can
convey the history and meaning of the piece
better than we are currently.
2
Process
1. Create a group of four members to work with.
2. Each member of the group should choose a r
ole from the list on the next slide.
3. Use the list of web resources given (Slide 4)
to assist you with the write-ups due for
your individual role assignments.
4. Come together with your group and share th
e information you found in order to assist
you in completing the final group project.
5. Listen to the tape recording of Lacrymosa
from yesterdays rehearsal. Use your new
knowledge to identify (using measure numbers)
specific places in the music that could improved
in the area of expression/artistry. Take into
consideration the history and meaning of the
Requiem Mass. List at least 4 different areas
that need improvement. In addition, create a
list of words you would use to describe the tone
of this piece.
3
Biographical Historian
The Biographical Historian is in charge of
examining and supplying a brief history
of the composition of Mozarts Requiem Mass.
Include items such as the events surrounding the
commission of the piece, people involved in its
creation, and Mozarts failing health. Be aware
that the real history of the Requiem varies from
the story told in the movie, Amadeus.
Music Historian
The Music Historian is responsible for finding
out about the standard Requiem Mass. Consider
things such asWhat is a Requiem Mass? How many
parts (movements) does it have? What are the
names of the movements? What religion is this
associated with?
Translator
The translators job is to find an English
translation of the Latin text to Lacrymosa.
Write out the entire translation. Following
this, search for the English translations of one
other movement (preferably Dies Irae or Libera
me). Identify three similarities or themes
between the two movements you researched.
Composer Historian
The Composer Historian is responsible for
researching composers associated with Requiem
Masses. The Composer Historian should consider
questions such asDid Mozart write all
of his Requiem Mass? If not, who did? Who wrote
the Lacrymosa movement? What other
more famous composers have written Requiem
Masses?
4
Mozarts piano in Salzburg, Austria.
Resources
Use the following web sites to gather information

on your topic.
Monthly Composition Mozarts Requiem Mass in D
Minor http//www.geocities.com/vienna/strasse/291
4/newsletter/weekly_comp3.html
Requiem Web http//usrwww.mpx.com.au/charles
/Requiem/index.html Mozart Requiem http//w
ww.classicalnet.co.uk/reference/works/m/mozart-req
uiem.html Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart http//www
.cco.caltech.edu/tann/Mozartreq/mozartpage.html
The Requiem Who wrote what http//sfr.ee.tei
ath.gr/htmSELIDES/MOZART/Moz_CV/mozbio25.htm
Music Graveyard http//www.musicgraveyard.com
/graveyard/mozreqavever.html
Classical Music Pages Musical Forms Requiem
http//w3.rz-berlin.mpg.de/cmp/g_requiem.html
The Academy of Ancient Music http//www.aam
.co.uk/edu/9903edu.html Mozarts Requiem h
ttp//www.sptimes.ru/archive/lifestyl/138/requiem.
html The Mozart Project http//www.mozartp
roject.org/compositions/k_626__.html
5
Evaluation Rubric
6
Conclusion
Mozarts Grave
It is important to remember that the historical
background and text of a piece really impact the
way it is performed. Think about the other
pieces in our folders. Are there any that you
have no idea what they mean or who they were
written by? What could you do to find out more
about your pieces? Think about the new
expressive elements in the Lacrymosa and how
those ideas can be applied to other pieces as
well.
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