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Beethoven Mass in C
Redwood City, California
Saturday, 15 May 2010 - 7:30 PM
Sunday, 16 May 2010 - 4:00 PM
Presenter: Viva la Musica!
Ensemble: Viva la Musica!
Conductor: Shulamit Hoffmann
Artists: Deirdre Lobo D'Cunha (Soprano); Elspeth Franks (Mezzo Soprano); Corey Head (Tenor); Jordan Eldridge (Bass); Vivian Boudreaux (Flute); Pamela Ravenelle (Flute); Debbie Busch (Oboe); Peter Lemberg (Oboe); Mike Ryan (Clarinet); Karen Sremac (Clarinet); Susan Dias (Bassoon); Amy Duxbury (Bassoon); Diane Ryan (French Horn); Cathleen Torres (French Horn); Guy Clark (Trumpet); Laura Shea-Clark (Trumpet); Anna Khaydarova (Piano); Thomas Alexander (Violin); Andrei Bostan (Violin); Rachel Hartman (Violin); Carol Kutsch (Violin); Joyce Lee (Violin); Beeri Moalem (Violin); Richard Ruby (Violin); Daryl Schilling (Violin); Lisa Zadek (Violin); Janet Gillespie (Viola); Ed Hattyar (Viola); Patrick Kroboth (Viola); Stephen Moore (Viola); Brian Koester (Cello); Samsun Van Loon (Cello); Yelena Nazarova (Cello); Rachel Xu (Cello); Kelly Beecher (Double Bass); Kenny Lavoie (Percussion)
Beethoven composed his Mass in C, opus 86, in 1807, on commission from Prince Nicolaus Esterházy II for the name-day of the prince’s wife. It was his first foray into the oeuvre of the mass. Josef Haydn, Beethoven’s former teacher, had provided six masses for this Esterházy prince, but, on Haydn’s retirement from the Esterházys’ service, the prince sought out other composers to provide celebratory masses. Beethoven was then in a highly productive and mature compositional phase—his output for 1806 included the three “Razumovsky” string quartets, the piano sonata “Appassionata,” the Fourth Symphony, Fourth Piano Concerto, and the Violin Concerto. Nevertheless, he was awed at the prospect of following in his former teacher’s footsteps and he approached the composition of his first mass with hesitancy. He wrote to the prince, “I shall deliver the Mass to you with timidity, since you, Serene Highness, are accustomed to having the inimitable masterpieces of the great Haydn performed for you.” Having procrastinated, Beethoven completed the mass just in time to begin rehearsals for the slated performance.
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Beethoven: Mass in C major, Op. 86
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