Franz Xavier Süssmayr
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Key people in Mozart's music and life
6. Franz Xavier Süssmayr
The man who finished Mozart’s last masterpiece, the Requiem, following the composer's death. It was probably a thankless task, when you think about it: do it well and you go down in history as “the man who finished Mozart's last masterpiece." Do it badly and it’s worse — “the man who ruined Mozart's last masterpiece." You can see him transcribing here, on Mozart's deathbed.