Beethoven composed the Missa solemnis op. 123 in Vienna, Austria, between the years 1819 and 1823. It was dedicated to his friend and patron, Archduke Rudolf of Austria, and was intended for the installation of Rudolf as Archbishop of Olomouc (Olmütz) in the present-day Czech Republic. However, the work was not completed in time for the installation ceremony, and it was not premiered until April 7, 1824, in St. Petersburg, Russia, under the baton of the composer. The Missa Solemnis stands as a testament to Beethoven's unwavering artistic vision and his exploration of spiritual themes.
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Missa Solemnis op. 123
Kassel: Bärenreiter-Verlag, 2016
- Commentary (English, German) by Rebmann, Martina; Hinrichsen, Hans-Joachim
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