Mass in C major, KV 257
As confirmed by the results of an expert analysis of the autograph paper in the 1960s, Mozart’s C-major mass was most likely written in November 1776. The mass is known by the names of “Große Credo-Messe” or “Spaur-Messe” – the latter name referring to Count Ignaz Joseph von Spaur, whom Mozart knew well. It can be assumed that the mass was performed on November 17, 1776 as part of a ceremonial celebration for the Count von Spaur. The missa in C-major, KV 257 is a medium-length mass – yet it is only 200 bars or five minutes longer than the “Kleine Credo-Messe” also called Missa brevis. Especially the Kyrie, Gloria and Sanctus are rather compact compositions, while the Credo, which is the central part of this mass, as well as the Benedictus and Agnus Dei, are fully elaborated.
Translation: Nora Tunkel
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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