Soprano voice solo, 2 horns, 2 violins, viola, basso continuo, [2 oboes]
Aria pro Adventu. Composed by Franz Joseph Haydn (1732-1809). Edited by Hans Ryschawy. Score available separately - see item CA.5198800. Christmas. Vocal score. XXIIId:1. 8 pages. Duration 7 minutes. Published by Carus Verlag (CA.5198803).
Item Number: CA.5198803
ISBN M-007-09561-1. Key: A-dur (a major). Language: German.
Haydn's aria "Ein' Magd, ein' Dienerin" (A maid, a servant) may have been composed between 1770 and 1775 for a Rorate Mass read silently during Advent in the chapel of the Castle of Eisenstadt. To honor the Mother of God Haydn fashioned a set of variations on a text by an unknown author, freely after biblical and liturgical models. This is a work of gracious character in praise of the Virgin Mary expressing joy in the time before Christmas.