Edited by Brian Clark.
Scoring: SATB, 4 "viole", continuo.
The first non-Italian Kapellmeister in Vienna, Johann Heinrich Schmelzer is best known nowadays for his virtuosic violin music and his large-scale sonatas. His church music is sadly neglected: this intimate setting of the Requiem text reveals a composer not only with a great melodic gift and total command of harmony, but also one capable of moving his listeners. The very opening is a real tear-jerker. The piece may have been written for one of the Holy Roman Emperors, or it may, in fact, be the Requiem he is known to have written for his father.