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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000180.txt from 2005/04

From: "Erik Tkal" <>
Subj: RE: [kl] The test results - Eybler
Date: Mon, 11 Apr 2005 11:42:03 -0400

Dan Leeson wrote:
> Item 10, one movement of a concerto by Eybler, is, in my opinion, a =
real eye-opener.
> Eybler has a small place in musical history because of what he did NOT =
do. Following Mozart's death, Mozart's widow first asked Eybler to =
complete the Requiem. He agreed, did about four sections and then gave =
up. Why he did not finish, no one knows.
> When Sussmayr agreed to complete the Requiem, he relied heavily on =
those sections that Eybler had done.
> Now Eybler is in the backwater of music history, but he could have =
been immortal had he finished the job. Item number 10 on this list =
demonstrates an exquisite sense of compositional style and a real feel =
for melody. I have no idea if the concerto is published, but if it is, =
I hope we hear more of it.

Dan, this is timely - I just finished readon your book on the Requiem; =
it was quite interesting. =

BTW, I attended a performance of the Verdi Requiem last night, it was =
awesome, though I didn't find it quite as riveting as I find the Mozart. =
It's Dies Irae is to die for, though... (ok, ok, pun intended)


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