Maurerische Trauermusik
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Maurerische Trauermusik

The Maurerische Trauermusik (Masonic Funeral Music) in C minor, K. 477 (K. 479a), is an orchestral work composed by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart in 1785[1] in his capacity as a member of the Freemasons. Mozart's own entry into his catalogue under the heading "July 1785" may be an error; he most likely forgot to enter a new heading for November.[2] It was performed during a Masonic funeral service held on 17 November 1785 in memory of two of Mozart's Masonic brethren,[3]Duke Georg August of Mecklenburg-Strelitz and Count Franz Esterházy von Galántha,[4] members of the Viennese aristocracy.

The work uses the Gregorian chant psalm-tone, tonus peregrinus. The work is scored for strings; woodwind instruments including two oboes, a clarinet, three basset horns and a contrabassoon; and two horns.[5] The basset horn parts were written for fellow Freemasons Anton David and Vincent Springer.[1]

See also


  1. ^ a b Heartz (2009), p. 443
  2. ^ "Symphonies: Series IV -- Orchestral Works" (PDF). Neue Mozart-Ausgabe. 10 (11): IX. Retrieved 2018.
  3. ^ Rosselli (1998), p. 116
  4. ^ Cliff Eisen (2006). The Cambridge Mozart Encyclopedia, Cambridge University Press, Inc. p. 168
  5. ^ Score


  • Heartz, Daniel (2009). Mozart, Haydn and Early Beethoven: 1781-1802, W. W. Norton & Co., New York
  • Rosselli, John (1998). The Life of Mozart, Cambridge University Press

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