Haydn – Lord Nelson Mass
Kaplan – Song of Songs
Haydn’s most famous Mass setting, written in 1798, is often linked to the victory of Lord Nelson against Napoleon. Certainly it has a militaristic tone, with the orchestra limited to strings, trumpets, and timpani, but the nickname came after the music. The officially titled Missa in angustiis – “Mass in a time of anguish” – reflects the composer’s worries for a war-ravaged Europe. It is among Haydn’s most beloved works.
Abraham Kaplan’s Song of Songs provides a light-hearted contrast. The composer avoids the religious connotations by selecting and organizing verse from the biblical book into a love story. The text alternates between English and the original Hebrew, with the men’s chorus and women’s chorus sometimes in a bilingual dialogue. Kaplan, whose works have often been performed by the Chorale in recent years, composed his Song of Songs in 2013. It receives its world premiere at these performances.Get tickets | More info | + Google Calendar | + iCal import