It is 150 years since the death of Hector Berlioz (1803–1869). His name is certainly familiar in the world of music but in a quite different way to the other masters embodying the 19th century with their art.
“Art and science alone elevate mankind to divinity … True art is imperishable.“
Thus the words with which Beethoven, born in Bonn on the River Rhine in December 1770, proclaimed his artistic credo. In 2020 musicians and music-lovers from all over the world will celebrate the 250th birthday
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Mårten Jansson (*1965), elected member of the Föreningen svenska tonsättare (the Society of Swedish Composers), graduated from the Kungliga MusikHögskolan (Royal College of Music), Stockholm with a MFA degree in Music Education, Dalcroze Eurhythmics and Voice.
'Urtext'. The very word smacks of dusty libraries and crumbling manuscripts that have to be handled with kid gloves. But behind the idea of 'Bärenreiter Urtext' are people passionately devoted, then and now, to living music. People who consider music a...
Beethoven's Missa solemnis
This Urtext edition takes into account all the sources including the old and the new complete editions. In several passages the renowned Beethoven specialist Barry Cooper has arrived at variant readings, such as in the “Sanctus”, where the choir enters instead of the soloists, rather than coming in at “Pleni sunt coeli”. No less worthy of mention is the addition of the soloists to the choir in most of the “Credo”.
The appendix contains Beethoven’s arrangement of the Gregorian chant “Tantum ergo” for the first time. This was composed at the same time as the “Missa solemnis” and most probably stands in a close relation to it.