Tune of the Day: Ave Verum Corpus
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart composed his final motet “Ave verum corpus” in the spring of 1791 for a schoolmaster in Baden near Vienna. He composed it while in the middle of writing his opera The Magic Flute, and while visiting his wife Constanze, who was pregnant with their sixth child and staying in a spa near Baden.
Setting the Catholic communion hymn for four-part chorus, strings, and organ in a simple yet sublime 46 bars, this was Mozart's last completed sacred work, as he did not live long enough to complete his Requiem. He died less than six months later, in December 1791.
Thanks to Brenda for suggesting this piece!