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Mass in B flat major

By Johann Nepomuk Hummel

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Version 1: SATB voices, 2 oboes, 2 bassoons, 2 trumpets, timpani, 2 violins, viola, basso continuo; version 2: SATB voices, 2 violins, viola, organ obligato, basso continuo
Composed by Johann Nepomuk Hummel (1778-1837). Edited by Mario Aschauer. This edition: urtext. Stuttgart Urtext Edition. German title: Messe in B. Latin Masses. Vocal score. 72 pages. Duration 35 minutes. Published by Carus Verlag (CA.4066403).

Item Number: CA.4066403

ISBN M-007-13722-9. Language: Latin.

The House of Esterhazy commissioned what are probably some of the most important masses to be written at the turn of the 18th to the 19th century: Joseph Haydn's last, six great masses, Beethoven's Mass in C major and the masses of Johann Nepomuk Hummel. The resonance in the contemporary musical press upon the publication of the B flat major Mass of 1816/17, Hummel's first Esterhazy mass, was exceptionally positive. In addition to the rather simply constructed wind parts, which can also be played by the organ, the work places greater demands on the strings and choir (without soloists) to master an effect-laden, expressive diversity ranging from pastoral simplicity and martial trumpet calls to artistically wrought fugues which is rarely encountered. The present new edition offers the first scholarly-critical edition of the work in a reliable musical text, including performance material.

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