Susan L. Rife
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Franz Joseph Haydn have been shut pals in Austria within the late 18th century, usually enjoying string quartets collectively and, as pals will do, exchanging concepts about music.
Two items of liturgical music, Mozart’s Mass in C Main from 1779, nicknamed the Coronation Mass, and Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass, composed in 1798, will showcase the 2 composers in a efficiency by Key Chorale to be streamed in March. Soprano Suzanne Karpov will be a part of baritone Jamal Sarikoki, tenor Matt Morgan and mezzo soprano Amy Connours for the efficiency, which was recorded at First Presbyterian Church in Sarasota.
The Haydn Mass was initially titled Mass In Troubled Occasions, as Napoleon’s military marched towards Vienna, and Key Chorale creative director Joseph Caulkins thought it was an acceptable composition in the course of the pandemic, dealing because it does with “a way of hysteria, grave misery,” he stated.
“It strikes from darkness to gentle and extra hopeful issues,” he added. “As Haydn was writing it, he was fearing Napoleon would come to invade Vienna. You hear that within the music; one of many methods he does that’s with the usage of timpani and trumpet, which create a way of foreboding and nervousness but in addition triumph.”
The Mass is certainly one of six late Plenty written by Haydn for the Esterhazy courtroom and is regarded by many as the best of Haydn’s works. Written in the important thing of D minor, the instrumentation is restricted to strings, timpani, trumpet and organ, and ends joyously in D Main. It was renamed in honor of Admiral Horatio Nelson, who had defeated Napoleon within the Battle of the Nile.
Mozart’s Coronation Mass, so nicknamed when it was carried out for the coronation of Leopold II as King of Bohemia and at a number of subsequent coronations, was written below strict orders from the Archbishop of Salzburg that it not final greater than 45 minutes. Mozart, then courtroom organist and composer on the Salzburg Cathedral, rose to the problem, delivering the whole Mass in 27 minutes.
“Mozart’s attempting to be very concise; he overachieved,” stated Caulkins. “Despite the fact that it’s so brief, it doesn’t really feel brief. There’s such an abundance of music, so many biggest melodies.” It’s additionally written for an uncommon set of devices.
“One of many issues I seen in working with these two items is the instrumental writing may be very completely different,” stated Caulkins. “There aren’t any violas within the Mozart piece, and more often than not, 60 p.c of the time, the primary and second violins are enjoying the identical part. The viola is type of the glue that brings all these components collectively, however you don’t even miss it as a result of his writing is so nice.”
Visitor soprano Karpov, an rising artist from Washington, D.C., is making her Key Chorale debut for the efficiency, stepping in when one other soprano didn’t really feel comfy touring in the course of the pandemic, stated Caulkins.
“There usually are not one million sopranos across the nation who might journey, have the pipes and have the curiosity,” stated Caulkins. “She was simply gorgeous, an extremely lovely voice, robust, dramatic however lyrical. She was only a dream to work with, and now could be certainly one of our new pals we’ll work with once more.”
‘Coronation: Mozart & Haydn’
Introduced by Key Chorale, Joseph Caulkins, creative director. Streaming March 5-28 at keychorale.org. $30.