Saint Jerome Mass

By |2018-10-30T23:19:37-05:00November 1st, 2017|Categories: Catholicism, Michael Haydn|

Editor's Note: Written in 1777, the Missa Sancti Hieronymi (Saint Jerome Mass) in C major is scored for soloists, wind orchestra, and mixed choir. It is also known as the "Oboe Mass" for the prominent use of that instrument in the opening Kyrie and the Credo. It is one of many Masses that Michael Haydn wrote in [...]

The Top Ten Greatest Requiem Masses

By |2019-03-08T12:45:25-05:00January 26th, 2016|Categories: Camille Saint-Saëns, Hector Berlioz, Michael Haydn, Music, Stephen M. Klugewicz, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart|

“Should not church music be mostly for the heart?” —Joseph Martin Kraus The Roman Catholic Mass for the Dead—the Requiem, sometimes called Missa pro Defunctis (or Defuncto) or Messe des Morts—is surely the most dramatic of liturgical forms and has inspired countless composers, from medieval times to the present. What the Czech composer Antonin Dvořák, a [...]

A Model for Mozart? Michael Haydn’s Requiem

By |2019-05-23T13:01:52-05:00December 5th, 2015|Categories: Featured, Joseph Haydn, Michael Haydn, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart|

The 1984 film Amadeus brought to the general public's attention that many minor composers of music—such as Antonio Salieri, the rival of Wolfgang Mozart depicted in the movie—have been forgotten by history. "This boy will cast us all into oblivion," German composer Johann Adolf Hasse is said to have uttered upon witnessing a performance by [...]