Master Singers Present Previously Unfinished Mass


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(Sacramento, CA)
Thursday, May 18, 2006

The Sacramento Master Singers perform Mozart's Mass in C minor Saturday, May 20th at 8 p.m. at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 1300 N Street

At the age of 27, Mozart had a problem. He had married the love of his life, Constanze – but there were some unresolved issues.  Conductor Ralph Edward Hughes of the Sacramento Master Singers.

“The marriage was not exactly approved by the family…

Mozart conducted a performance of the Mass in October 1783. But we can only guess what sections of it sounded like, because a portion of whatever Mozart composed either didn’t get written down, or has been lost. Ralph Hughes.

“There’s a lot of speculation…”

Modern composer and Mozart expert Robert Levin of Harvard University has take a cue from that widespread belief, and completed the mass by adapting material from other Mozart works. Saturday’s performance will be the local premiere of Levin’s new version, featuring 44 voices, and an orchestra of 21.