The celebrated Requiem in d-minor, though left unfinished due to the composer's untimely death, is the final composition of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, and is considered by many to be his greatest. The work is a quintessential example of the requiem mass form in music, and is regarded as the culmination of Mozart's talent as a composer and as a dramatist. As a result of the rather dubious circumstances in which the piece was commissioned and later completed after the composer's death, several myths have surfaced surrounding the piece, particularly regarding the relationship between Mozart and the lesser Italian composer Antonio Salieri, as espoused by the award-winning play and film Amadeus. Despite the controversies that have surrounded Mozart's Requiem, it is generally agreed by scholars and music critics that the work is mostly written in Mozart's hand and is still one of the most popular mainstays of the classical music repertoire.
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