Mozart’s first composition which still ranks as a masterpiece is this brilliant show-piece, written in 1772 in Milan shortly before he turned 17. Wolfgang and his father, Leopold, had traveled to Milan in October 1772 for the premiere of his opera Lucio Silla, in which the famous castrato Venanzio Rauzzini was appearing. Operatic virtuosity and displays of coloratura must have been Rauzzini’s forte. In the three movements of Exsultate Jubilate, Mozart borrows the aria and recitative style from the opera house. The Alleluia is the final movement. That Mozart called the work a motet, shows perhaps that it was intended for liturgical use, despite its florid operatic style.

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Alleluia (from Exsultate Jubilate K.165) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)