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Mozart's Manuscript Music

From "The Magic Flute": The Papageno / Pagagena duet

Carolina Rediviva has a music manuscript written by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart himself.It includes one finished work, the freemason cantata Die ihr des unermesslichen Weltalls Schöpfer ehrt, but also drafts for parts of The Magic Flute and La clemenza di Tito.

The manuscript ended up in Uppsala University Library thanks to the Swedish diplomat Fredrik Samuel Silverstolpe, who in turn had received it from Mozart’s widow.

More about the music collections

The notebook [Vmhs 133] is from the composer's final year. After Mozart's death in 1791 his estate was managed by his widow Constanze. Among his possessions there was a small pile of manuscripts which she gave to the Swedish diplomat and music lover Fredrik Samuel Silverstolpe, who had a posting in Vienna in the 1790s. He later willed them to Uppsala University Library.

The volume contains partly a finished work, the Masonic Cantata, Die ihr des unermesslichen Weltalls Schöpfer ehrt (KV 619),partly ideas for the musical dramas that Mozart worked on during the last year of his life: The Magic Flute (KV 620) and La Clemenza di Tito (KV 621). Such drafts are unusual for Mozart. There are doodles and additions in the margins of certain pages, the context of which we know nothing, but they have been shown to be in Mozart's own hand.

The Masonic Cantata 

The first bars of the Mozart manuscript: The beginning of the Masonic Cantata. 

The donation also included a portrait of Mozart and one song written by his son Franz Xaver Wolfgang Mozart at the age of 10. 

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