Archive for July, 2009

Mozart’s Requiem Mass in D minor (K. 626)

Saturday 25 July, 2009
Mozart's Requiem Mass in D minor (K. 626)

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart @ Wikipedia

I love Mozart’s Requiem! I’ve posted the Introit, Kyrie and Dies Irae below for you to listen to.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s “Requiem Mass in D minor” (K. 626) was composed in 1791 and was Mozart’s last composition. It was commissioned by the aristocrat Franz von Walsegg for the funeral of his wife, Anna. Von Walsegg secretly commissioned the work so he could pass it off as his own. Unfortunately, Mozart died before completing the composition. Mozart’s wife, Constanze, secretly asked Franz Xaver Süßmayr to complete it so she could receive the final payment from von Walsegg (no doubt to help recover the debts Constanze inherited from her late husband).

So here’s the composition… that Mozart began to write but died before completing, that von Walsegg tried to pass off as his own, that Süßmayr finished without von Walsegg finding out, and that Constanze earned all the money from!

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“Introit” and “Kyrie” by W. A. Mozart from “Requiem Mass in D minor”

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“Dies Irae” by W. A. Mozart from “Requiem Mass in D minor”

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Here’s the text with translation underneath each section…

Introit

Requiem aeternam dona eis, Domine
Et lux perpetua luceat eis
Te decet hymnus, Deus, in Sion
Et tibi reddetur votum in Jerusalem
Exaudi orationem meam
Ad te omnis care veniet
Requiem aeternam dona eis, Domine
Et lux perpetua luceat eis

translation

Grant them eternal rest, Lord
And let perpetual light shine on them
You are praised, God, in Zion
And homage will be paid to You in Jerusalem
Hear my prayer
To You all flesh will come
Grant them eternal rest, Lord
And let perpetual light shine on them

Kyrie

Kyrie, eleison
Christe, eleison
Kyrie, eleison

translation

Lord, have mercy on us
Christ, have mercy on us
Lord, have mercy on us

Dies Irae

Dies irae, dies illa
Solvet saeclum in favilla
Teste David cum Sibylla
Quantus tremor est futurus
Quando judex est venturus
Cuncta stricte discussurus

translation

Day of wrath, day of anger
Will dissolve the world in ashes
As foretold by David and the Sibyl
Great trembling there will be
When the Judge descends from heaven
To examine all things closely

Click here for the full Latin text with English translation.

Wow! Now that’s a song to hear at a funeral!

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Sydney Tertiary Music Courses – Open Days 2009

Tuesday 14 July, 2009

I thought it would be good to list some open days at tertiary institutions that run music courses in Sydney, for those interested in going to university/college in 2010. Open days are free and you might just find a fulfilling future doing something you actually love! Have you watched the above video on Contemporary Music Studies at Macquarie University yet?

So here’s the list in order of date…
oooCurrent dates are in bold
oooOut-of-date events are crossed out

1  The Con

Sydney Conservatorium of Music Open Day
Overview: 10 courses in Sydney
Degrees: Diploma, Advanced Diploma and Bachelor in Music, Opera or Arts
Date: Sunday 29th March 2009
Address: Cnr Bridge Street and Macquarie Street, Sydney NSW 2000
Phone: 02 9351 1222 (General Enquiries)

2  SAE

School of Audio Engineering Sydney Institute Open Day
Overview: 2 courses in Sydney – possibly more but their site is ridiculous
Degrees: Diploma in Music Production or Bachelor of Audio Production
Details: Call 02 9211 3711 any time for a tour
Date: Saturday 23rd May 2009
Address: 55-57 Wentworth Avenue, Sydney NSW 2000
Phone: 02 9211 3711

3  AICM

The Australian International Conservatorium of Music Open Day
Overview: 2 courses in Rozelle
Degrees: Diploma and Bachelor in Music Performance
Date: Saturday 20th June 2009
Address: 114 Victoria Road, Rozelle NSW 2039
Phone: 02 9637 0777

4  AIM

Australian Institute of Music Open Day
Overview: 2 courses (6 majors) in Surry Hills
Degrees: Diploma and Bachelor in Music, Audio Engineering or Entertainment Management
Date: Saturday 22nd August 2009
Time: 10:00am – 3:00pm
Address: 1-51 Foveaux St, Surry Hills NSW 2010
Phone: 02 9219 5444

5  The Con

Sydney Conservatorium of Music – Sydney Uni Live!
Overview: 10 courses in Sydney
Degrees: Diploma, Advanced Diploma and Bachelor in Music, Opera or Arts
Date: Saturday 29th August 2009
Time: 10:00am – 4:00pm
Address: Cnr Bridge Street and Macquarie Street, Sydney NSW 2000
Phone: 02 9351 1222 (General Enquiries)

6  USyd

The University of Sydney Arts Music Unit – Sydney Uni Live!
Overview: 3 courses in Darlington
Degrees: Diploma and Bachelor in Music or Arts
Date: Saturday 29th August 2009
Time: 9:30am – 4:00pm
Address: Sydney University Darlington Campus, Cnr of City Road and Cleveland Street, Golden Grove/Darlington NSW 2006
Phone: 1300 362 006 (Sydney Uni Helpline)

7  UWS

University of Western Sydney Open Day
Overview: 1 course in Penrith
Degrees: Bachelor of Music
Date: Sunday 30th August 2009
Time: 9:00am – 2:00pm
Details: Open Day Expression of Interest Form
Address: UWS Parramatta Campus, Cnr James Ruse Drive and Victoria Road, Rydalmere NSW 2116
Phone: 9852 5222 (General Enquires) / 1300 897 669 (Course Enquiries)

8  UNSW

The University of New South Wales Open Day
Overview: 5 courses in Kensington
Degrees: Bachelors in Music, Education, Arts and/or Science
Date: Saturday 5th September 2009
Address: Cnr Anzac Parade abd High Street, Kensington NSW 2052
Phone: 02 9385 1844 (Student Recruitment)

9  Club Mac

Macquarie University Open Day
Overview: 1 course in North Ryde – possibly more but no clear list of courses
Degrees: Bachelor of Arts and Contemporary Music Studies
Date: Saturday 12th September 2009
Time: 10:00am – 4:00pm
Address: Balaclava Road, North Ryde NSW 2109
Phone: 02 9850 7111 (General Enquiries) / 02 9850 7314 (Undergraduate Enquiries)

10  JMC

John Martin Cass Academy Open Day
Overview: 6 courses in Surry Hills
Degrees: Diploma, Associate Degree and Bachelor in Audio Engineering or Popular Music Performance
Date: Saturday 19th September 2009
Time: Sessions at 10:30am or 1:30pm
Details: Online Registration Form
Address: 41 Holt St, Surry Hills NSW 2010
Phone: 02 9281 8899 / 02 9212 4801

Hope that gave you plenty of options! Leave a comment if you have any questions, additional information or reviews from any open days…