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Missa brevis

By Franz Joseph Haydn

SS vocal soli, SATB choir, 2 violins, cello/contrabass, organ - Level 2
Composed by Franz Joseph Haydn (1732-1809). Edited by Willi Schulze. This edition: urtext. Stuttgart Urtext Edition: Joseph Haydn, Sacred vocal music. German title: Haydn: Missa Brevis In F Xxii:1. Sacred vocal music, Missa brevis, latin. Score. Composed 1749-50 (?). Hob. XXII:1. 32 pages. Duration 14 minutes. Carus Verlag #CV 40.601/00. Published by Carus Verlag (CA.4060100).

Item Number: CA.4060100

ISBN M-007-07283-4. Key: F-major. Language: Latin.

Despite all of its folk-line simplicity of melody, Haydn's first mass contains a pious note that, just like its youthful verve, still was to hold fascination for him in his late years when, in 1805, he re-orchestrated his first work. The first version of the mass is considered to have been composed in 1749 or 1750. It was around the same time that Pope Benedict XIV treated questions concerning church music in his encyclical "Annus qui" in which he condemned the frequently operatic style of church music and demanded liturgical music that revealed an awareness of its religious purpose and that sought to fulfill it with simple means of musical expression. In its liturgical attitude Haydn's first mass is anchorded in this point of view (that to a great extent corresponded to the general standpoint of the churches of the eighteenth century).

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  • 2011-04-27 00:00:00.0 A functional 'masterpiece'

    The Haydn Missa brevis in f is a well-written mass that fits very easily into the context of a liturgical worship service. It demands good singers. The solo soprano voices are very challenging and best suited to professional singers. The orchestration is light, two violins, cello, and organ or...

    harpsichord which makes it feasible for a limited music budget. It is very accessible and pleasing.

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