Posts tagged ‘Franz Schubert’

November 24, 2013

2013-11-24 Notes from the Bench

Mass in G by Franz Schubert

A commentary on this week’s music by Dr. James T. Gerber, Music Associate

Franz Schubert (1797-1828) is considered one of the great composers of the early nineteenth-century, an era of transition from the Classical style toward the early Romantic style. This Austrian composer is best known for his 600 lieder, songs for the voice and piano that are settings of German poetry. The beauty and flow of Schubert’s melodies are cherished by musicians and listeners alike, and is among the distinguishing qualities of his music.

The Mass in G is one of six mass settings by Schubert. He wrote this mass in 1815 in less than a week, but it was not published until 1845. This is one of Schubert’s “shorter” mass settings, others are longer and much more elaborate. This original score calls for string orchestra, organ, soloists, and choir. The entire mass consists of six movements: Kyrie, Gloria, Credo, Santus, Benedictus, and Agnus Dei, of which we will include the second, fourth, fifth, and sixth movements during today’s choral Eucharist service.

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