Beethoven: Missa Solemnis

Beethoven: Missa Solemnis

by William Drabkin
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521378311

ISBN-13: 9780521378314

Pub. Date: 12/28/1991

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

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

Overview

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521378314
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
12/28/1991
Series:
Cambridge Music Handbooks Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
136
Product dimensions:
5.43(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.31(d)

Table of Contents

Preface; 1. Critical perspectives; 2. Composition, performance and publication history; 3. Preliminaries to the analysis; 4. Kyrie; 5. Gloria; 6. Credo; 7. Sanctus; 8. Agnus Dei; 9. Concluding thoughts.

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