Scholars have long debated why Mozart never completed this masterpiece....Another lingering question about Mozart's mass concerns what provisions were made for its missing portions (parts of the Credo
and the entire Agnus Dei
) at the Salzburg premiere....I cast the Agnus Dei
in a modified sonata form....I [also] used three of Mozart's own melodies from the mass....My Agnus Dei
is a synthesis of three stylistic worlds: Medieval, Classical and Contemporary. All themes, styles and performing forces join at the end in a tranquil, extended canonic setting of words which continue to be appropriate for our own troubled times: Dona nobis pacem.
Robert X. Rodríguez