The story Mozart's final composition is shrouded in mystery. Commissioned by a Count (who eventually tried to take credit for it himself), the work was left unfinished at the time of Mozart's death. His widow, Constanze, had it completed by another composer, Süssmayr, but kept his identity a secret so that she could continue to make money off of it. Then, Pushkin's opera Mozart and Salieri asserted that Antonio Salieri completed the work, and this myth was solidified by Peter Shaffer's epic play, Amadeus, and turned into common knowledge when Amadeus was adapted for film in the '80s. Here's what we know for sure: Mozart's Requiem is one of the most haunting, moving compositions ever. Go.
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