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Alleluia Canon, The | Mozart, arr. Stephen Caldwell

The Alleluia Canon, K. 553, by W.A. Mozart (1756-1791), is originally a single line, unaccompanied canon from 1788. To adapt and arrange the tune, there is a basic accompaniment in alberti bass style similar to Mozart's keyboard writing. The canon presents first as a unison, then in three parts. There is a short bridge of original music developing a melodic fragment of the fugue, before a full restatement of the canon in unison, ending with a small coda derived from the melody. The canon lends itself to the concurrent teaching of solfege, further helping develop choral skills.