Selections from Haydn and Mendelssohn

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Selections from Haydn and Mendelssohn

Haydn’s Mass (also known as “Harmoniemesse”) was his last major work. This composition is famous for its opulent orchestration, with a full range of wind instruments adding splendor to the sound of the strings.  In our performance, choral settings from Mendelssohn’s Elijah will be interspersed in the Mass, as commentaries on the mass text. Mendelssohn’s Psalm 42, “Wie der Hirsch schreiet” (“As Pants the Hart”), is composed for orchestra, soprano solo, and choir. The intense emotion of this cantata expresses the fervor of the Psalmist David's spiritual longings. Robert Schumann considered this setting of Psalm 42 to be the finest piece of sacred music Mendelssohn ever created.