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The Missa brevis in F is Haydn’s earliest authenticated Mass and was written shortly before his departure from St Stephen’s in Vienna, where he had been recruited as a choirboy around 1740. Haydn himself, on rediscovering the work almost fifty years later, said he admired it for ‘the melody and a certain youthful fire’.
In contrast, the Harmoniemesse, written for the nameday festivities of Prince Nicolaus II’s wife in 1802, was to be Haydn’s last major composition. Using a full Harmonie (wind band), the work’s expressive intensity belies the end of its composer’s career.
Franz Joseph Haydn: Mass No. 2 in F major, Hob.XXII:1, "Missa brevis"
Agnus Dei: Agnus Dei
Agnus Dei: Dona nobis pacem
Franz Joseph Haydn: Mass No. 14 in B flat major, Hob.XXII:14, "Harmoniemesse"