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Rehearsal Resources

Spring 2020

Beethoven - “Missa Solemnis”

Rehearsal Notes:

The Missa solemnis in D major, Op. 123, is a solemn mass composed by Ludwig van Beethoven between 1819 and 1823. It was first performed on 7 April 1824 in Saint Petersburg, Russia, under the auspices of Beethoven's patron Prince Nikolai Galitzin; an incomplete performance was given in Vienna on 7 May 1824, when the Kyrie, Credo, and Agnus Dei were conducted by the composer. It is generally considered one of the composer's supreme achievements and, along with Bach’s Mass in B minor, one of the most significant Mass settings of the common practice period.

Despite critical recognition as one of Beethoven's great works from the height of his composing career, Missa solemnis has not achieved the same level of popular attention that many of his symphonies and sonatas have enjoyed. Written around the same time as his Ninth Symphony, it is Beethoven’s second setting of the Mass, after his Mass in C major, Op. 86.

Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Missa_solemnis_(Beethoven)

Online Rehearsal Tracks:

      Choralia (online): http://www.choralia.net/bt04mp3/bt04mp3en.htm

      Cyberbass (online): http://www.cyberbass.com/Major_Works/Beethoven_L_v/beethoven_missa_solemnis_in_D.htm

Performance Video:

      YouTube: https://youtu.be/fYvpMeaaS3A

Fall 2019

Sándor’s updates to the scores as recorded each week by Jean Siegel will be available here. Starting with the second week, a file highlighting the changes from the previous week will also be available.

Rutter - “Gloria”

Rehearsal Notes:

John Rutter’s Gloria is a musical setting of parts of the Latin Gloria. He composed it in 1974 on a commission from Mel Olson, and conducted the premiere in Omaha, Nebraska. He structured the text in three movements and scored it for choir, brass, percussion and organ, with an alternative version for choir and orchestra. It was published in 1976 by Oxford University Press.

Online Rehearsal Tracks:

      Choralia (online): http://www.choralia.net/rt04mp3/

      Cyberbass (online): http://www.cyberbass.com/Major_Works/Rutter_J/rutter_gloria.htm

Performance Video:

      YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R8MATqJ1i9s

Poulenc - “Gloria”

Rehearsal Notes:

The Gloria by Francis Poulenc, FP 177, scored for soprano solo, large orchestra, and chorus, is a setting of the Gloria text from the mass ordinary. One of Poulenc’s most celebrated works, it was commissioned by the Koussevitsky Foundation in honor of Sergei Koussevitsky and his wife Natalia, the namesakes of the foundation.

Online Rehearsal Tracks:

      Choralia (online): http://www.choralia.net/pc02mp3/

      Cyberbass (online): http://www.cyberbass.com/Major_Works/Poulenc_F/poulenc_gloria.htm

Performance Video:

      YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kSuf1oGj_ns