Mozart, W. A.: Inter natos mulierum, KV 72 - arr. Morten Schuldt-Jensen (SAM)
Inter natos mulierum (KV 72) is a setting of the offertory for the feast of St John the Baptist. It was written in Salzburg in May or June 1771 after the return of Mozart and his father from an extended and successful Italian journey that had also brought study of counterpoint with Padre Martini in Bologna. With this newly acquired extension of his compositional skills Mozart succeeds in combining catchy and joyful melodic material in the style of Austrian folk music with scholarly structures of polyphonic writing into a pearl of a sacred work. It is originally scored for choir, organ, and an orchestra of strings and three trombones, but this SAM-version can be performed with the provided keyboard accompaniment as well. The duration is 5–6 minutes.
Editorial note: By its nature, this SAM-Klang edition occasionally challenges the performers with a somewhat higher level of activity than in the original SATB version, and in some places a slight redistribution of entries in the polyphonic sections has been made. Despite this, the original orchestral accompaniment can be used together with this version without restraint, and the work can also be performed with piano accompaniment.
The name SAM-Klang takes the three voice parts from the arrangements – Soprano, Alto and Men – and combines it with the Scandinavian and German words for ‘sound’ to create the portmanteau word ‘sound together’ or ‘harmony’. The SAM-Klang series offers basic and advanced choral repertoire arranged for soprano, alto and one male voice- part. In addition to new repertoire and new arrangements, you will also find essential parts of the classical German, Scandinavian, French and English SATB repertoire, carefully and considerately reworked for SAM. The arrangements retain the characteristic features of the original movements and have almost the same richness of timbre, resulting in works which sound nearly unchanged to an audience. Piano reductions of all choral movements facilitate rehearsal preparation. The arrangements offer development opportunities for all voice sections, bringing new life and new quality to SAM choir work. SAM-Klang enables youth choirs to gain access to classical choral literature and ensures that mixed choirs who face challenges in finding singers for all male voice parts continue to have access to well-loved repertoire.