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Michael Haydn

"Leopoldi Mass"

Vienna Boys' Choir, Choralschola of the Wiener Hofburgkapelle, Wiener Philharmoniker, Martin Schebesta, Robert Kovács

Mass in G major, Sub titulo Sancti Leopoldi pro Festo sanctorum innocentium

Michael Haydn, the brother of Joseph Haydn, worked as a composer and director of music at the archbishop’s court in Salzburg for most of his musical career. One of his duties there was the composition of masses and other sacred music. Michael Haydn wrote the mass in G major in 1805 for Innocents’ Day (or Childermas), which is celebrated on 28 December. The premiere took place in Salzburg the same year. The by-name “Leopoldus-Messe” developed out of the subtitle „Sub titulo Sancti Leopoldi pro Festo sanctorum innocentium“. The mass was written for two soprano soloists, one alto solo singer, choir and orchestra. The soloists and the choir are both given special attention in Michael Haydn’s composition, as is especially apparent in the Gloria and Credo sections. The mass was performed by the Imperial Court Music Ensemble at the Hofburg chapel for the first time on 27 June 1830.
Translation: Nora Tunkel

Conductor: Martin Schebesta
Organist: Robert Kovács
Choir: Vienna Boys' Choir and Choralschola of the Wiener Hofburgkapelle 
Orchestra: Members of the Wiener Philharmoniker

 

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