Stroud Choral Society
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Venue: St John Baptist Parish Church, Cirencester
Start time: 19:00
16 March 2019
Tickets: £16 (inc booking fee)
Special offers: U18 Free (please contact box office)
Box office: 01453 760900
This concert by Stroud Choral Society offers an opportunity to hear two fine choral works from the pens of two of our best loved composers – Mendelssohn and Beethoven.
MENDELSSOHN: LAUDA SION Op. 73
Mendelssohn’s considerable output of sacred choral music covers a range of Christian traditions. Although his grandfather was a famous Jewish philosopher, the young Mendelssohn was raised in the Lutheran faith. He went on to compose sacred works drawing on Protestant, Catholic and Anglican themes. Composed in 1846, towards the end of Mendelssohn’s life, Lauda Sion is a Catholic piece which centres on the mysteries of the Eucharist. It was commissioned to celebrate the 600th anniversary of the founding of the feast of Corpus Christi.
Mendelssohn’s greatest desire was to compose sacred choral music that was rewarding for both performers and audience alike. Lauda Sion is one such work. Less overtly dramatic than the better known Elijah, it has a sunny, Italianate style which suggests that Mendelssohn may well have been familiar with Cherubini’s setting of the piece.
BEETHOVEN: MASS IN C Op. 86
Composed in 1807, around the same time as his mighty Fifth Symphony, Beethoven’s Mass in C was commissioned by Nikolaus, Prince Esterhazy 11. As such he was following in the footsteps of Haydn, a composer whom Beethoven greatly admired. The Mass in C, like the later Missa Solemnis was a forward looking piece, a bridge between Haydn’s settings of the Mass and the more substantial ones to come later in the 19th century. However, it is different in style from his Missa Solemnis. It has its dramatic moments, but is largely more lyrical in mood. Its first performance was not without problems, however. It was under-rehearsed - at the dress rehearsal only one of the five chorus altos turned up! The result did not impress the prince! Beethoven made several changes to the work, parts of which featured at the first performance of his Fifth Symphony.