Listen to W.A. Mozart's Coronation Mass and Handel's Dettingen Te Deum 280 years after its premiere in a sing-along concert at St. Stephen's Cathedral in Vienna.
Because of their length and the musical inspiration Mozart gained from Handel's music, these two works fit together perfectly and fill a concert evening to perfection.
It is very likely that the Mass was composed for the Easter service at Salzburg Cathedral on April 4, 1779; Mozart himself dated it March 23, 1779. This assumption is supported by the large orchestration and the fact that the violas are missing, as was customary in Salzburg at the time. How Mozart's Mass in C major came to be nicknamed the Coronation Mass, which first appeared in 1873, is still disputed today.
Handel composed the Dettingen Te Deum for a thanksgiving service to mark the victory of the Austro-British military under the command of King George II and Lord Stair over French forces at the Battle of Dettingen on June 27, 1743. After the king's return, a day of public thanksgiving was scheduled, and Handel, then "Composer of the Musick to the Chapel Royal," was commissioned to write a Te Deum for the occasion. The work was composed between July 17 and 29, 1743, and premiered on November 27, 1743, in the Chapel Royal of St. James's Palace in London in the presence of George II.
Under the direction of Gerald Wirth, President and Artistic Director of the Vienna Boys' Choir, the masterpieces will be intensively worked on by choir singers from around the world in several workshops as part of the Sing Along! Choir Festival. The crowning finale is the performance with renowned soloists and the Vienna Cathedral Orchestra in St. Stephen's Cathedral.
The ground area of St. Stephen's Cathedral is about 3,000 m² and the enormous room height promotes good air circulation. This guarantees that you can enjoy the concerts carefree and in compliance with all COVID-19 protective measures.
A COVID-19 prevention concept has been created for the concerts, which describes measures to minimize the risk of infection, and we have appointed a COVID-19 officer who is responsible for the implementation of the COVID-19 prevention concept. Our COVID-19 prevention concept ist always adapted to the latest laws and approved by the relevant authorities.
Our trained stewards will ensure that appropriate distances are maintained in the audience. In addition, we will distribute masks on request, disinfectants will be available for you at the entrances and care will be taken to ensure that the official guidelines regarding the maximum permissible number of visitors are not exceeded. We ask for your cooperation in ensuring that the protective measures are observed.
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