It’s not just Propers for the feast of All Saints by William Byrd that The Choir will be singing to celebrate All Saints Day on Sunday 30th October; the Choir will also be singing the Gloria, Sanctus and Agnus Dei of Mozart‘s Coronation Mass too.
Written while he was living in Salzburg, the city of his birth, the Mass (Mass No. 15 in C major, KV 317) was first performed on Easter Day in 1779 at Salzburg Cathedral.
Mozart had travelled for 18 months across Europe to find a job somewhere more prestigious than Salzberg. He went to Augsberg, Paris, Munich, and Mannheim but ended back home to Salzburg in January 1779 without a job. He settled for a position at the Cathedral and wrote this Mass by April.
There are two versions of the Mass on CPDL available for choirs to download. One edited by Christopher Moore which The Choir will be using on Sunday and another by Paco Marmol and Manolo Casaus. Both can be downloaded from here – http://www2.cpdl.org/wiki/index.php/Coronation_Mass,_KV_317_%28Wolfgang_Amadeus_Mozart%29
The video is an awesome performance by the Vienna Philharmonic and the Vienna Singverein of the Gloria from the Coronation Mass at St. Peter’s Basilica, Rome conducted by Herbert von Karajan.
Soloists are Soprano: Kathleen Battle; Alto: Trudeliese Schmidt; Tenor: Gösta Winbergh and Bass: Ferruccio Furlanetto