Haydn: Missa brevis Sancti Joannis de Deo, Hob. XXII:7

"Little Organ Mass"

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  • Composer: Joseph Haydn
  • Instrumentation: SATB Choir, Soprano, Orchestra
  • Work Language: Latin
  • ISMN: 979-000707278-0
  • Size: 7.5 x 10.6 inches
  • Pages: 28
  • Urtext / Critical Edition


With the Missa Sancti Nicolai and the Missa Sancti Joannis de Deo, his last to "missae breves", Haydn also achieved masterworks in this category, and during his lifetime they numbered among his most popular works. This so called Little Organ Solo Mass has never been accused of being unsuitable for church use despite the text stratification in the Gloria and Credo. Inspite of the unusual brevity of the Gloria (31 bars), the text setting still shows musical differentation. The strength of the composition lies in its expressive ability to force the listener under its spell with magic power.