Sat 15 Jul

Mozart, Coronation Mass &
Händel, Dettingen Te Deum

8:30pm | St. Stephen’s Cathedral


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.

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