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April 2017

Joseph Haydn, Grosse Orgelmesse

April 30 @ 10:00 am
Saint Agnes Church, 535 Lafond Ave
Saint Paul, MN 55103 United States
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April 30, 2017 @ 10:00 am (Chorale Premier) Haydn's so-called Great Organ Solo Mass in E flat major is among those works by Joseph Haydn which early in its history enjoyed widespread dissemination. The E flat major Mass, with an unusual scoring including two English horns in the orchestra, was composed around 1770 during the first years of Haydn’s tenure as Music Director for the Court of Esterházy. Despite the readily playable, effective part for organ, employed prominently as a…

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May 2017

Joseph Haydn, Mariazellermesse

May 7 @ 10:00 am
Saint Agnes Church, 535 Lafond Ave
Saint Paul, MN 55103 United States
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Mass No. 8 in C Major: “Missa Cellensis”, “Mariazellermesse” (Mary in the Cell Mass) (H. XXII:8) (1782) Mariazell is a village in the province of Steiermark, where the Austrian national shrine, Mater Austriae, is located.  The name “Mariazell” means “Mary in the cell,” a reference to the cell of Brother Magnus, a Benedictine monk who carried a lime-tree wood statue of Mary to this site in 1157 and founded a chapel there. Ailing visitors who prayed before the statue reported…

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Charles Gounod, Messe Solennelle (Saint Cecilia Mass)

May 14 @ 10:00 am

Messe Solennelle de Sainte Cécile in G Major (Solemn Mass of Saint Cecilia) (1855) Composer Charles François Gounod (1818-1893) was a practicing Catholic and as a youth intended to become a priest. He eventually decided he was unsuited for the priesthood but expressed his devotion in numerous works of sacred music. After winning the Grand Prix de Rome in 1839, Gounod spent much of his time at the Sistine Chapel listening to and studying the works of sixteenth century masters.…

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Joseph Haydn, Heiligmesse

May 21 @ 10:00 am
Saint Agnes Church, 535 Lafond Ave
Saint Paul, MN 55103 United States
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Mass No. 9 in B-flat Major: 'Missa Sancti Bernardi von Offida', “Heiligmesse” (“Holy Mass”), H. XXII:10 (1796) After 30 years as assistant Kapellmeister and Kapellmeister at the Esterházy Palace, Joseph Haydn (b.Rohrau,1732; d.Vienna,1809) became a musical “free agent” at age 58 when his patron, Prince Nikolaus I Esterházy “The Magnificent” (reigned 1762-1790), died and Nikolaus’ son and successor, Prince Anton Esterházy (reigned 1790–1794), disbanded the palace orchestra.  Haydn, who had no duties, but who continued to receive the Kapellmeister salary,…

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W.A. Mozart, Spatzenmesse, K 220 (Ascension)

May 28 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saint Agnes Church, 535 Lafond Ave
Saint Paul, MN 55103 United States
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Mass No. 10, Missa Brevis No. 5 in C Major “Spatzenmesse” (Sparrow Mass), K 220 (1776) The Spatzenmesse (Sparrow Mass) was composed in Salzburg by W. A. Mozart (b.1756Salzburg; d.Vienna1791) in 1776. The Mass is sometimes termed a Missa brevis et solemnis, because it is short and simple in structure as a Missa brevis, but festively scored like a Missa solemnis with brass and timpani in addition to soloists, strings and organ. It was first presented on Easter Sunday, April…

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June 2017

W.A. Mozart, Mass in C, K 337 (Pentecost)

June 4 @ 10:00 am
Saint Agnes Church, 535 Lafond Ave
Saint Paul, MN 55103 United States
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Mass No. 17 in C Major “Missa Solemnis”, K 337 (1780)   While seldom heard in concert halls and rarely recorded, this Mass composed in 1780 by W.A. Mozart (b.Salzburg1756: d.Vienna1791) nonetheless offers lovely, joyful music appropriate for liturgical use. Although titled, Missa Solemnis, its succinctness would qualify it as a missa brevis. The Credo, which lasts less than six minutes, is the second Credo Mozart composed for this Mass. He completed about two-thirds of the first Credo, up to…

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W.A. Mozart, Trinitatis, K 167

June 11 @ 10:00 am
Saint Agnes Church, 535 Lafond Ave
Saint Paul, MN 55103 United States
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Mass No. 7 in C Major “Missa in honorem Sanctissimae Trinitatis” (Trinitatis Mass), K 167 (1773)   W.A. Mozart (b.Salzburg1756; d.Vienna1791) composed the Missa in honorem Sanctissimae Trinitatis (K. 167) at age 17. He dated it June 1773 and possibly intended it for Trinity Sunday, which occurred on June 6 of that year. However, British musicologist, Stanley Sadie (193-2005), as well American musicologist Neal Zaslaw (1939- ), both suggested that Mozart composed this Mass for Salzburg’s beautiful Dreifaltigkeitskirche (Trinity Church)…

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Franz Schubert, Mass in G (Corpus Christi)

June 18 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saint Agnes Church, 535 Lafond Ave
Saint Paul, MN 55103 United States
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Mass No. 2 in G Major, D 167 (1815) With this Mass composed by Franz Schubert (b Vienna 1797; d.Vienna 1828) in 1815, we experience his gift for lyric beauty and simplicity.  Although he was only 18 years old, this was his second Mass and his 167th musical composition, as cataloged by musicologist Otto Deutsch.  By the time of his death at age 31, Schubert had written at least 998 works, including more than 600 songs.  Franz Schubert was an accomplished…

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