The Missa Solemnis Alliance represents many of the very best in our community and beyond, coming together in celebration of the 250th anniversary of the birth of Beethoven. We also celebrate the Panhandle Spirit, as we present this incredibly challenging work, rarely done as the forces needed, must give an enormous effort asked by Beethoven. This once in a lifetime experience in Amarillo, Texas will amaze you and make you proud of the extraordinary talent in our community. Don’t miss this incredible work, a piece described by Beethoven as, “the greatest music I have ever written.”
The Missa solemnis in D major, Op. 123, is a solemn mass composed by Ludwig van Beethoven from 1819 to 1823. It was first performed on 7 April 1824 in Saint Petersburg, Russia, under the auspices of Beethoven’s patron Prince Nikolai Galitzin; an incomplete performance was given in Vienna on 7 May 1824, when the Kyrie, Credo, and Agnus Dei were conducted by the composer. It is generally considered one of the composer’s supreme achievements and, along with Bach’s Mass in B minor, one of the most significant Mass settings of the common practice period.
The artistic forces being secured total 177 musicians including 1 conductor, 4 soloists, 58 orchestra musicians and 115 choral musicians.
The writing displays Beethoven’s characteristic disregard for the performer, and is in several places both technically and physically exacting, with many sudden changes of dynamic, metre and tempo. The orchestral parts also include many demanding sections. A typical performance of the complete work runs 80 to 85 minutes. The difficulty of the piece combined with the requirements for a full orchestra, large chorus, and highly trained soloists, both vocal and instrumental, mean that it is not often performed by amateur or semi-professional ensembles.
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