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The Katherine Jenkins Collection - Mozart and Beethoven
5. Mozart: Requiem
The Requièm Mass in D minor which was left unfinished at Mozart's death in 1791 was commissioned by an eccentric count who routinely hired composers to write works and then passed them off as his own. He wanted a Requiem that he could claim he had written in memory of his recently deceased wife. Mozart received only half of the payment in advance, so upon his death, Mozart’s widow Constanze was keen to get the work completed and collect the final payment.