| October 24 & 25 @ Bedford Presbyterian Church
St. Cecilia Mass
Missa Cellensis in honorem Beatissimæ Virginis Mariæ
Kyrie eleison, Christe eleison, Kyrie eleison
Gloria in excelsis Deo, Laudamus te, Gratias agimus tibi, Domine Deus, Qui tollis peccata mundi, Quoniam tu solus sanctus, Cum Sancto Spiritu, In gloria Dei Patris
Credo in unum Deum, Et incarnatus est, Et resurrexit tertia dei
Agnus Dei, Dona nobis pacem
The large and magnificent piece is in the pattern of the late Baroque “number Mass,” a solemn concerted Mass where each of the five sections of the Ordinary is subdivided into numerous complete and independent movements. There are festive choruses, elaborate arias, ariosos, ensembles and four massive concluding fugues. The Kyrie and certain arias are conservative in style, while the remainder is distinctly more forward looking. The fugues are contrapuntal fireworks, especially the overwhelming “Et vitam venturi,” which functions as a concluding highpoint of the Credo and supports the notion that Haydn's primary aim is the musical representation of salvation.