6 Jun 2013

Curtain Raiser: Beethoven - Missa Solemnis

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Rose Window, Strasbourg Cathedral

Rose Window, Strasbourg Cathedral Photo: CC0 Public Domain


“From behind the closed door of one of the parlors we could hear the master working on the fugue of the Credo, singing, yelling, stomping his feet. … The door opened and Beethoven stood before us, his features distorted to the point of inspiring terror,” said the composer's friend Anton Schindler.

Brian Kay presents an introduction to the great Missa Solemnis.

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