In the opening scene we are taken to the music room in the Master's home, where he and his favorite student, Sussmayer, are at work with their music. Constance, Mozart's faithful wife, and little son are also introduced in this scene. The master musician has for some months been near to a serious illness. While he and his pupil are at work, a strange man in gray arrives with a message from some unknown party ordering a requiem for as early a date as possible, and asking the price at which the work will be held. Mozart is filled with a strange foreboding that his life is near its close and the order for a piece of funeral music comes to him as an omen of his own death. Overcome by the thought, he becomes lost in a vision of a funeral service within a cathedral. Recalling himself, he gives answer that he will deliver the music as requested. Following the departure of the messenger, the great musician is haunted by the idea that the requiem is his last work. The melancholy thoughts ...
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