Little Organ Solo Mass by Franz Joseph Haydn (1732-1809)

The Kleine Orgelmesse (Little Organ Solo Mass) presented this morning was composed between 1775 and 1778.  Saint John of God (1495-1550) was the founder and patron saint of The Brothers Hospitaller who had one of their hospitals in Eisenstadt. It is officially titled the Missa Brevis Sancti Joannis de Deo in B-flat, honoring the founder. (They continue to serve the sick there and in numerous locations worldwide.)

The Esterhazy royalty were the primary supporters of Haydn and also supporters of these brothers.  The brothers used a very small chapel as their church.  It had limited space for organ, chorus and orchestra. The Mass was probably performed initially with organ, string quartet, limited solo sections and a small choir.

The obbligato organ solo in the Benedictus is the highlight that gave this Mass its nickname. We are proud to feature our wonderful organist, Mary E. LeVoir, and gifted soprano, Patricia Kent in this beautiful work.

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