Schubert: Mass in A-flat Major, D 678

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  • Composer: Franz Schubert
  • Format: Vocal Score
  • Instrumentation (this edition): Piano Reduction, SATB Choir
  • Originally for: SATB Choir, Orchestra
  • Work Language: Latin
  • ISMN: 979-000708801-9
  • Size: 7.5 x 10.6 inches
  • Pages: 108
  • Urtext / Critical Edition


Franz Schubert's Mass in A-flat Major: A work that time and again occupied the composer anew, with which he, in his words, strived towards the "highest in art" – and perhaps only wished to receive a court appointment in Vienna. His efforts to present a new, individual mass led, at any rate, to unconventional solutions (and an unusual key), a renunciation of plain acclamation, a reduction of pathos in favor of an exceptionally elaborate composition, particularly the first part – a brilliant missa solemnis for the ceremonious organization of the court church service and, at the same time, the public presentation of an ambitious composer's artistic competence.