Wellington Choral Society
Wellington Methodist Church
Waterloo Road, Wellington, TA21 8JQ
Saturday 28 November 2020, 7.30pm
St John's Church, Wellington
Schubert: Mass in G
Mozart: Vesperae solennes de confessore
with orchestra , soloist to be confirmed.
HEADER PHOTO OF THE CHOIR: ROBIN MADDOCK
PATRON: ELIZABETH WATTS
We do not yet know when we can safely start rehearsing together as a choir to prepare for our next concert on Saturday 28 November 2020. We are still hoping to be able to put on a concert but as yet there is no guidance from the Government on how to safely sing together. In expectation of performing our next concert, here is the Viennese programme which we hope all our Welly Choral followers will want to come and enjoy.
Theresienmesse (H. XXII/12) is a mass in B-flat major written by Joseph Haydn.In 1795 Haydn was commissioned by Prince Nicholas 11 to compose a new setting of the Viennese mass each year. The Nelson Mass of 1798 is the most famous of these six masses. The Theresienmesse is the fourth mass in the series and was composed the year after the Nelson Mass, and in between the two oratorios the Creation and the Seasons. The title page of Haydn’s scores calls the mass ‘Missa’. It is thought that the origin of the name Theresienmesse may be related to the fact that Marie Therese, the wife of the Emperor Franz 11 was the soprano soloist at private performances of both the Creation and the Seasons in May 1801 at the Viennese Court.
The Mass No. 2 in G major by Franz Schubert, D167, was composed in 1815.It is the best known of the three "shorter" mass compositions which Schubert composed between the more elaborate first and fifth masses. In addition, the later Deutsche Messe or German Mass, D 872, (an early Deutsche Singmesse) and the ultimate sixth mass would be longer.The original score was not printed until 1845, some years after Schubert's death, and until then had remained one of Schubert's less noted compositions. Apart from some passages for the soprano soloist, Schubert is more interested in an overall devotional mood of a religious composition than in individualistic romantic text.
Vesperae solennes de confessore (Solemn Vespers for a Confessor), K. 339, is a sacred choral composition, written by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart in 1780. The setting was composed for liturgical use in the Salzburg Cathedral. The title "de confessore" was not Mozart's own, and was added by a later hand to his manuscript. It suggests that the work was intended for Vespers held on a specific day on the liturgical calendar of saints ("confessors"); however, the saint in question has not been conclusively established. This was Mozart's final choral work composed for the cathedral.