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Beethoven : Missa Solemnis - William Drabkin


Missa Solemnis

Paperback Published: 3rd February 1992
ISBN: 9780521378314
Number Of Pages: 136

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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.

List of tablesp. ix
Prefacep. xi
Critical perspectivesp. 1
The Missa solemnis as religious experiencep. 1
The Missa solemnis and music historyp. 3
The Missa solemnis in the history of sacred musicp. 4
Analytical studiesp. 6
Source studiesp. 8
Composition, performance and publication historyp. 11
Backgroundp. 11
The composition of the Massp. 14
The marketing of the Mass: publication, performancep. 17
Preliminaries to the analysisp. 19
Beethoven and the Austrian mass traditionp. 20
Analytical methodp. 21
Textual problemsp. 23
The Mass in D as a 'missa solemnis'p. 26
Kyriep. 28
The first 'Kyrie' (bars 1-85)p. 29
'Christe' (bars 86-128)p. 33
The second 'Kyrie' (bars 129-223)p. 33
Gloriap. 37
Gloria in excelsis Deop. 41
Qui tollisp. 46
Quoniamp. 48
The closing fuguep. 49
Credop. 52
The first section (bars 1-123)p. 55
The central section (bars 125-87)p. 57
The third section and closing fugue (bars 188-472)p. 61
Sanctusp. 66
Early sketches for the movementp. 66
Sanctus-Pleni-Osannap. 73
Praeludium and Benedictusp. 76
The second 'Osanna'p. 80
Agnus Deip. 83
The 'Agnus'p. 85
The beginning of the 'Dona'p. 87
The 'War' interruptions and their consequencesp. 92
The Codap. 94
Concluding thoughtsp. 96
Connections between the movementsp. 96
Orchestrationp. 101
The Missa solemnis as programmatic musicp. 106
Notesp. 109
Bibliographyp. 113
Indexp. 117
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ISBN: 9780521378314
ISBN-10: 0521378311
Series: Cambridge Music Handbooks
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 136
Published: 3rd February 1992
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.49 x 13.74  x 0.89
Weight (kg): 0.17