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Missa in Tempore Belli


By Franz Joseph Haydn

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SATB vocal soli, SATB choir, flute, 2 oboes, 2 clarinets, 2 bassoons, 2 horns, 2 trumpets, timpani, 2 violins, viola, cello/contrabass, organ - Level 3
Pauken-Messe. Composed by Franz Joseph Haydn (1732-1809). Edited by Wolfgang Hochstein. This edition: urtext. Stuttgart Urtext Edition: Joseph Haydn. Score available separately - see item CA.4060700. Latin Masses. Vocal score. Composed 1796. Hob. XXII:9. 88 pages. Duration 40 minutes. Published by Carus Verlag (CA.4060703).

Item Number: CA.4060703

ISBN M-007-07316-9. Key: C-dur (c major). Language: Latin.

The Missa in tempore belli by Joseph Haydn is an interesting work in several respecst. Firstly this setting of the Mass provides pointers to the situation of Austrian church music as it had been affected by imperial decrees. Secondly the political situation, with the imminent invasion of Austria by Napoleon's troops, had reached a crisis point which is reflected in the description of this composition as a "Mass in time of war". Last but not least, this work is the first of the group of six settings of the Latin Mass which, together with the oratorios "The Creation" and "The Seasons", form the body of Haydn's last period vocal works, and which unquestionably belong among his supreme creative achievements.

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