April 2019

Saturday 27 April 2019 – 7.30 pm Cirencester Parish Church

J. Haydn:  Missa in Tempore Belli (Paukenmesse)
Johann Christian Bach: Magnificat in C
A Salieri: Coronation Te Deum
W A Mozart: Regina Coeli (KV108)

Helena Moore (soprano); Amy Shaw (alto); Ryan Williams (tenor); Peter Edge (bass)

Corelli Orchestra (Director Warwick Cole)

Missa in Tempore Belli by Joseph Haydn (1732-1809) was written in 1796 when Austria was at war with Napoleon. The work is thought to reflect the deeply religious composer’s anti-war feelings. Also known as the Paukenmesse (Kettledrum Mass), it is the second of the six late great masses composed by Haydn from 1796-1802.

Johann Christian Bach (1735–1782) was the eleventh surviving child and youngest son of Johann Sebastian Bach. He is sometimes referred to as “the London Bach” having lived his later life in the British capital. Here he met the young Mozart and is credited with having had a significant influence on Mozart’s concerto style. The Magnificat in C is from his earlier period working in Italy, written in 1760, the year he converted to Catholicism.  

Despite his portrayal in the film Amadeus as a wickedly jealous poisoner, Antonio Salieri (1750-1825) was a gifted colleague and friend of the young Mozart. Salieri would win work against the young genius but, as the Archbishop of Salzburg discovered, Mozart was hardly an ideal employee. Salieri’s Coronation Te Deum was written for the Coronation of Leopold ll as Emperor of The Holy Roman Empire in 1790.

Regina Cœli (“Queen of Heaven”) is an ancient Latin Marian Hymn of the Christian Church. Mozart (1756-1791)  composed this setting, KV 108, in 1771 when he was 15. It contains dramatic coloratura soprano solos.