Exsultate, jubilate

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Exsultate, jubilate K. 165, by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was written in 1773.

This religious solo motet was composed at the time Mozart was visiting Milan.[1][2] It was written for the castrato Venanzio Rauzzini,[3][4] Mozart's favourite[citation needed] for his operas, who had been Cecilio in Lucio Silla the previous year.[5] Mozart made slight revisions around 1780.[6] In modern times, the motet is usually sung by a soprano.

It is divided into three parts:

  1. Allegro - Recitative
  2. Andante
  3. Allegro

Although nominally for liturgical use, the motet has many features in common with Mozart's concert arias, such as those drawn from his operas.[7] Mozart also used elements of concerto form in this motet.[8]


  1. ^ K. Kuster, M. Whittall Mozart: A Musical Biography Oxford University Press, p. 25
  2. ^ "The Three Versions of Mozart's Exsultate, jubilate". pzweifel.com. Retrieved 27 February 2008. 
  3. ^ L. Schenbeck (1996). Joseph Haydn and The Classical Choral Tradition Hinshaw Music p. 235
  4. ^ P. Barbier (1989). The World of the Castrati: The History of an Extraordinary Operatic Phenomenon transl. M. Crosland, Souvenir Press p. 179
  5. ^ Feldman, Martha (2007). Opera and sovereignty: transforming myths in eighteenth-century Italy. New York: University of Chicago Press. p. 56 n. 36. ISBN 978-0-226-24113-5. 
  6. ^ C. Eisen, S. Sadie. The New Grove Mozart Macmillan (2002) p. 11
  7. ^ p. 21, Corneilson (2006) Paul. "Arias, Concert" Cambridge The Cambridge Mozart Encyclopedia, C. Eisen, Keefe (editors), Simon P., Cambridge University Press
  8. ^ p. 41, Küster, Whittall (1996) Konrad, Mary. Oxford Mozart: a Musical Biography Oxford University Press

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