we learned in Chapter 3, Mozart scholars hold different views on the paradox
that shrouds the C Minor Mass. Here's what we know followed by a ballot
with which you can vote for the solution to the C Minor Mystery that feels
right to you.
The Core Issue and Questions
Questions remain largely because there was no correspondence between the family members (during or, quite interestingly, after the Salzburg trip) to chronicle their feelings and events.
So the fundamental mystery surrounding the C Minor Mass is rooted in the difference between an "unfinished composition" and an "incomplete manuscript."
The latter is obviously true, it is incomplete. And it was not uncommon for Mozart to abandon a piece mid-stride when the motivation for completing it vanished. (And according to biographer Albert Einstein, Wolfgang never completed any piece that was dedicated to Constanze how odd.)
But how could a composer of Mozart's stature complete but not "finish" the one piece that had so much riding on it? The piece that includes his most brilliant and ambitious expression of counterpoint on a scale worthy of Johann Sebastian Bach himself? The piece intended to forge a new family unity?
Unlike his more famous but also "unfinished" Mass, the Requiem in D Minor (K.626), he could not simply claim an untimely death as an excuse. Or could he?
How would you solve the C Minor Mystery?
Something was written and performed. But what was it? What happened to it? And why?
Here are several plausible answers to each of these three vexing questions. Construct your own solution to the mystery by voting for the answers you feel are right and click on "Send".
If you feel there's a different answer than what you see here, there's a textbox for each question where you can type it in. The most interesting submitted answers will get added to the ballot for consideration by subsequent readers.
ongoing vote tally is published here.
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