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Schubert - Mass No. 6 in E flat major (D. 950)

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020650

Type of Spiritual Experience

Background

Schubert - Mass No. 6 in E flat major (D. 950)

In 1827, only a year away from his death and at a time when he was very ill, suffering from vomiting, headaches, pain and swollen painful joints, Schubert wrote the Fantasy in C major for violin and piano (D. 934, first published as op. post. 159); the Impromptus for piano; two piano trios (the first in B-flat major (D. 898), and the second in E-flat major, (D. 929). 

In 1828, the year he died, he wrote the cantata Mirjams Siegesgesang (Victory Song of Miriam, D 942) on a text by Franz Grillparzer; the Mass in E-flat major (D. 950); the Tantum Ergo (D. 962) in the same key, the String Quintet in C major (D. 956), the second "Benedictus" to the Mass in C major (D. 452), and the three final piano sonatas (D. 958, D. 959, and D. 960).

As with most of Schubert's sacred works, the Mass in E flat major (D. 950) is undoubtedly a reflection of his inner beliefs rather than any external imperative. In sweeping brushes of the composer’s pen it uses seemingly limitless melodic and harmonic invention. Yet again, Schubert uses the complex melodies and motif material as if he intended to put his own tortuous thoughts into music, and find a solution by displaying them.  It is pure emotion captured in music, a glorious tribute his genius.

The vehemence he employs to put his thoughts, and, inevitably, also his feelings to music forces the listeners to at least adopt an emotional stance.  They are asked to follow Schubert's thoughts, and to continue along the lines of their thinking and feeling.
When Schubert opens himself up emotionally like in this mass, then the listeners have no chance to keep a cool distance, they must get involved in this Apocalypse
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A description of the experience

FRANZ SCHUBERT (1797 † 1828)
Sacred Works - Mass Solemnis
Mass no.6 in E-flat major D.950, 1828,

for Solo Voices, Mixed Chorus and Orchestra

Rundfunkchor Leipzig
Chorus Master: Horst Neumann
Staatskapelle Dresden
Direction: WOLFGANG SAWALLISCH

Performers:
Helen Donath, soprano
Ingeborg Springer, contralto
Hans-Joachim Rotzsch, tenor
Theo Adam, bass
Christoph Albrecht, organ

00:00
I. KYRIE
Kyrie eleison
Christe eleison
kyrie eleison

07:09
II. GLORIA
Gloria in excelsis Deo
11:52 Domine Deus Agnus Dei
16:18 Quoniam to solus sanctus
17:28 Cum sancto Spiritu

21:32
III. CREDO
Credo in unum Deum
24:17 Et incarnatus est de Spiritu Sancto
27:09 Et resurrexit tertia die

37:27
IV. SANCTUS
Sanctus, Sanctus, Sanctus Dominus
39:39 Osanna in excelsis

40:45
V. BENEDICTUS
Benedictus qui venit in nomine Domini
46:21 Osanna in excelsis

47:31
VI. AGNUS DEI
Agnus Dei qui tollis peccata mundi
51:28 Dona nobis pacem
Agnus Dei
Dona nobis pacem

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Schubert

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