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The Missa Cellensis (or Cäcilienmesse) was Haydn’s first Mass setting for his new employers at Eszterháza.
In common with his Stabat Mater (8572121), Haydn draws upon the wealth of musical styles and traditions associated with the Viennese Mass.
Scored for strings, oboes, bassoon, trumpets, timpani and organ, plus soloists and choir, the work may originally have comprised the Kyrie and Gloria alone, with the other sections added in the mid-1770s.
The final version, heard here, triumphantly concludes at ‘Dona nobis pacem’ with a grand fugue.
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Franz Joseph Haydn: Mass No. 3 in C major, Hob.XXII:5, "Missa Cellensis in honorem BVM", "Cacilienmesse"