|Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart KV1 165, KV6 158a|
Exsultate, JubilateMotet 1773. Time: 15'00.Motet for soprano.
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Exsultate, jubilate K. 165, by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was written in 1773.
This religious solo motet was composed at the time Mozart was visiting Milan. It was written for the castrato Venanzio Rauzzini, Mozart's favourite for his operas, who had been Cecilio in Lucio Silla the previous year. Mozart made slight revisions around 1780. In modern times, the motet is usually sung by a soprano.
It is divided into three parts:
The final allegro section is an "Alleluia," "a jewel of a piece with its high spirits and its wit ... its music speaks unmistakably of his relaxed high spirits at the time he wrote it and of the elation and confidence that his opera-house success at brought him".
Although nominally for liturgical use, the motet has many features in common with Mozart's concert arias, such as those drawn from his operas. Mozart also used elements of concerto form in this motet.
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