Recorded on 03/01/2009, uploaded on 03/01/2009
Musician's or Publisher's Notes
In 1772-73, an adolescent Mozart and his father Leopold
traveled to Milan to oversee the first performances of Lucio Silla, an
opera seria commissioned by the ducal court. Towards the end of his time in
Milan, Mozart composed a solo motet for the Italian castrato Venanzio Rauzzini,
who had also been the prima uomo in Lucio Silla. The motet, Exsultate,
jubilate, is the earliest of Mozart's works to remain widely popular today.
Exsultate, jubilate, scored for oboes, horns, strings
and continuo, follows the typical pattern of Italian motets during the 18th
century—two da capo arias encompassing a brief recitative and capped off with a
joyous Alleluia. Furthermore, the tempos of the different sections follow the
pattern of the Classical concerto. The opening aria and the concluding
Alleluia, both in Allegro tempo and utilizing the full ensemble, demand
the vocalist to execute brilliant, florid passages. The second aria, on the
other hand, requires great lyricism and is accompanied by only the strings and
continuo. Joseph DuBose
Courtesy of International Music Foundation.
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