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Specifically:

  • it has to be written for a cappella performance by a mixed soprano-alto-tenor-bass choir. It can't have a mandatory instrumental part (e.g. piano, organ, string quarter, etc.), but may have an optional instrumental part, e.g. it could be a Choir + Organ piece where the composer has explicitly stated (e.g. in the sheet) that the instrumental may be dropped for some reason (e.g. if the choir is large enough) - these are acceptable.
  • it has to be an original Mozart work - KV catalogue index and all. Arrangements of Mozart works by other composers (e.g. a cappella arrangements of Requiem) don't count.
  • it may require a solo performer.

Basically, imagine Mozart hearing Viadana's Exultate Justi, saying to himself: "I can do better than that!" and getting straight to work. I'm searching for the result of that!

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In my experience, the topic of finding a Mozart piece suitable for choir performance crops up surprisingly often. I asked the question here specifically because I think that the question will indeed prove useful to future readers (was it bad judgment?). I did my best to word my question in a search-friendly way. Finally, I got both an excellent answer and an excellent answer-finding technique. –  Stefan Dragnev Mar 24 at 9:19
    
Yeah I agree with Stefan. It's not the first time either I've seen good, sensible questions being held off as off-topic here, see for example music.stackexchange.com/questions/15586/…. Personally I think the policy applied in both cases is overly broad. This is not about identifying "a particular song", it is about a well-defined class of compositions. Questions like "how do I learn to play using X technique on instrument Y" invariably have the same, predictable useless answers ("practice, a lot") and are never held off. –  Roland Bouman Mar 24 at 10:28
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Have you googled "mozart choral satb a capella" yet? If you haven't, perhaps it would be best to start there. I did so and find several arrangements available that appear to meet your needs. –  BobRodes Mar 24 at 14:12
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Yes, I have googled and googled. As @RolandBouman guessed correctly, I found mostly arrangements or non a cappella works. I asked on this site specifically because I though that the question fits snugly with the Q&A format. Guys, Stack Exchange is a Micro FAQ suite of sites, where no well-asked question is undeserving. If your idea of an answer in a FAQ site is "Here's the complete repertoire of Mozart's work, do your research! Alone!", then the music stack exchange might well not make it out of Beta. –  Stefan Dragnev Mar 24 at 16:44
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I will take consolation in knowing that novice choir geeks like me will stumble upon imslp's List_of_works_by_xxx tables thanks to this question's answer, making this whole diatribe worth enduring. @RolandBouman +1 –  Stefan Dragnev Mar 29 at 22:08
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Using this list:

http://imslp.org/wiki/List_of_works_by_Wolfgang_Amadeus_Mozart

I found 2 for mixed chorus. Click the links to download the score.

Both pieces are quite short, just over a minute.

I added a musescore transcription for God is our Refuge. You can download this score as musescore file, pdf file, musicXML file, midi, or mp3. I also made a matching videoscore.

Update

Here's another list of Mozart pieces scored for choir (with sheet music provided for each one) at the Choral Public Domain Library. However these might not be originally written for only choir.

http://www1.cpdl.org/wiki/index.php/Wolfgang_Amadeus_Mozart

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