Beethoven: Missa Solemnis

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Cambridge University Press, Nov 29, 1991 - Music - 118 pages
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The Missa Solemnis is a document of extraordinary richness from the last decades of Beethoven's creative life. In this accessible guide, William Drabkin considers the work as an expression of the most celebrated text of the Roman Catholic faith and as an example from a tradition of Mass settings in eighteenth and early nineteenth-century Austria. The opening chapters present various critical perspectives on the Missa Solemnis and chart the history of its composition, first performances, and publication. But, above all, the work itself is considered in detail, including the overall design, connections between the movements, the orchestration, word painting, and programmatic elements.
 

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Contents

Critical perspectives
1
Composition performance and publication history
11
Preliminaries to the analysis
19
Kyrie
28
Gloria
37
Credo
52
Sanctus
66
Agnus Dei
83
Concluding thoughts
96
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