Missa brevis B-Dur, Hob. XXII:7 „kleine Orgelsolomesse“
Joseph Haydn most likely composed this mass in B-major, Hob. XXII:7 between 1773 and 1776. The name “Kleine Orgelsolomesse” (“Little Organ Solo Mass”) derived from the organ solo in the Benedictus. Haydn dedicated it to the Portuguese monk St. John of God, the founder of Order of the Brothers Hospitallers. No evidence exists as to when and where the mass was performed for the first time. The brevity and orchestration of the mass indicate that it might have been intended for a ceremony at a small church or chapel – possibly the chapel of the Order of the Brothers Hospitallers in Eisenstadt. At a later point, Haydn’s brother Michael extended the Gloria and the composer Johann Georg Albrechtsberger added further orchestration to the original soprano solo Benedictus. The mass has been part of the Vienna Court Music Ensemble’s repertoire since 1820.
Translation: Nora Tunkel
Organist: Wolfgang Kogert
Choir: Vienna Boys Choir, Vienna State Opera men's choir, Choralschola of the Imperial Court Chapel
Orchestra: Members of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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