Amateur SATB choir based in Fleet, Hampshire
"Holy, holy, holy, Lord God of Hosts. Heaven and earth are full of your glory,
Hosannah in the highest." Sanctus - Missa in Angustiis
PAST CONCERT - 8 April 2017
Hart Voices - Haydn Nelson Mass - 8 April 2017
Hart Voices presents Haydn's Nelson Mass and Mozart's Vesperae de Confessore.
Conducted by Roy Rashbrook, Musical Director of Hart Voices (and member of St Paul's Cathedral Choir) we will be joined by the fantastic Modulus Quartet and Soprano Angela Henckel.
We would be delighted if you would join us on Saturday 8 April 2017 at the stunning Cathedral Church of St Michael and St George in Aldershot to revel in the delights of Haydn’s triumphal Mass and Mozart’s beautiful Vespers.
HAYDN NELSON MASS
MOZART VESPERAE DE CONFESSORE
SATURDAY 8 APRIL 2017
Cathedral Church of St Michael & St George, Aldershot
Haydn’s Nelson Mass
The Nelson Mass, is considered by some to be Haydn's greatest single composition.
It is one of the six late masses by Haydn composed for the Esterhazy family. Though Haydn's reputation was at its peak in 1798, when he wrote this mass, his world was in turmoil. Napoleon had won four major battles with Austria in less than a year; the previous year his armies had crossed the Alps and threatened Vienna itself and in May 1798, Napoleon invaded Egypt to destroy Britain's trade routes to the East.
The summer of 1798 was therefore a terrifying time for Austria, and when Haydn finished this mass, his own title, in the catalogue of his works, was Missa in Angustiis (Mass for troubled times).
The Mass gradually acquired the name “Nelson Mass” after Napoleon was dealt a stunning defeat in the Battle of the Nile by British forces led by Admiral Horatio Nelson - the title became indelible when, in 1800, Lord Nelson himself visited the Palais Esterházy, and is thought to have heard the Mass performed.
Vesperae de Confessore was Mozart’s very last Salzburg liturgical work, composed in 1780 for liturgical use in Salzburg Cathedral. It is considered by many to be a masterpiece and is a foreshadowing of the two great unfinished religious works of his Vienna period, the Mass in C Minor and the Requiem.
The work is setting of the five Vespers psalms and a concluding Magnificat for an unnamed saint’s day (and therefore an unknown date of first performance) and the Laudate Dominum is considered by many to be one of the most beautiful slices of Mozart’s writing for Soprano voice.
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