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Mozart's GhostsHaunting the Halls of Musical Culture$
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Mark Everist

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780195389173

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195389173.001.0001

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“Mozart's” “Twelfth Mass”

“Mozart's” “Twelfth Mass”

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Mozart's Ghosts

Mark Everist

Oxford University Press

For the world of Mozart scholarship, the composer's so-called “Twelfth Mass” is a closed case. Despite its great popularity in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, so the argument goes, the work is clearly not by Mozart, but probably by Wenzel Müller; it is therefore consigned to K. Anh. 232 / C1.04. But for the nineteenth and most of the twentieth centuries, Mozart's “Twelfth Mass” was – together with the Requiem – his most popular sacred work, and for the composer's biographer Edward Holmes it could rival Don Giovanni and Die Zauberflöte in nineteenth-century musical affections. The “Twelfth Mass” and Holmes’ commentary together have been important factors in Mozart reception throughout the Anglophone world, from the early nineteenth century to the present.

Keywords:   Mozart, “Twelfth Mass”, Novello, Holmes, Müller

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