Mozart Requiem "Lacrimosa" Analysis Assignment William Wieland
First determine the facts.
  1. Write the Latin words sung in the first 8 bars. Immediately below, write the English translation of each Latin word—a literal, word-for-word translation. (Go to D2L, click MUS-313, click Content, click Requiem Latin in the left margin, click Requiem Latin in the center of the page, click Sequentia 4 and scroll down a bit. You may also go to IPA Source online.) 20 pts – 2 per Latin word
  2. Copy a good English translation (by a human being) of the first 8 bars and cite your source. (See the liner notes of a recording or go online.) 8 pts for the translation, 4 pts for citing the source
  3. Perform a Roman numeral analysis of bars 3–8 of the choral music. Straightforward chords are worth more points. 37 pts
Next, analyze. Analysis is the art of understanding music. These are perhaps the last 8 measures Mozart composed for his Requiem and among the most beautiful. How does Mozart achieve such beauty? Consider the following musical elements:
  • harmony
  • melody
  • rhythm
  • articulation
  • dynamics
  • orchestration
  • conclusion
Write at least one sentence for each bullet. BIG HINT: When writing about each musical element, consider the Latin text. 28 pts – 4 per sentence (up to 3 extra points for insight)
Listen to the 8 bars repeatedly. You will hear things you do not see.