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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

„Small Credo Mass“

Vienna Boys' Choir, Choir of the Wiener Staatsoper, Choralschola of the Wiener Hofburgkapelle, Wiener Philharmoniker, Jordi Casals, Jeremy Joseph

Missa brevis, F-Dur, KV 192

Mozart wrote the Missa brevis in F major KV 192 in Salzburg in June 1774. This early mass composition is remarkable in that it anticipates a much later work: the Credo-motive of the mass reappears as a prominent sequence in the final movement of Mozart’s last symphony, the “Jupiter-Symphony” KV 551. The Credo is in fact the major part of this mass, which is also the reason for its by-name “Small Credo Mass”. Most likely, this Missa brevis was intended for common Sunday service or minor festive occasions. Originally, it was orchestrated for a four part choir, soloists, strings and organ. However, Mozart later added three trombones and two trumpets, which gives the mass a more festive character. The Small Credo Mass, which was published in a printed edition in 1802, premiered at Salzburg cathedral. On 23 April 1824, it was performed at the Imperial Chapel by the Vienna Imperial Court Music Ensemble for the first time.

Conductor: Jordi Casals
Organist: Jeremy Joseph
Choir: Vienna Boys' Choir, Choir of the Wiener Staatsoper and Choralschola of the Wiener Hofburgkapelle
Orchestra: Members of the Wiener Philharmoniker

 

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