Haydn, Joseph
Missa in B-flat major Hob.XXII:14 "Harmony Mass"
Edition no.
BA 4659-01
ISMN
9790201856025
Editor
Lippmann, Friedrich
Language(s) of work
Latin
Product format
Score, Urtext edition
Instrumentation
Chant, Mixed choir, Orchestra, Organ
Binding
Linen
Pages / Format
33,0 x 25,8 cm
It is well known that Joseph Haydn wrote his late masses to the commission of his last employer, Prince Nicolaus II Esterhazy. The "Harmoniemesse" is the last of these high masses all of which probably received their first performances in celebration of the name-day of Princess Maria Josepha Hermenegild, the prince's wife. The present work was given for the first time on 8 September 1802 in the Bergkirche at Eisenstadt, Haydn himself conducting.

Haydn entitled his work simply "Missa". The work has acquired the name "Harmoniemesse" by reason of the prominent parts given to the wind instruments ("Harmonie" being a contemporary name for a wind band); the nickname did not become established until the late nineteenth century.
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