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Schubert: Mass in A-flat Major, D 678

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    1. Composer: Franz Schubert
    2. Format: Vocal Score
    3. Instrumentation (this edition): Piano Reduction, SATB Choir
    4. Originally for: SATB Choir, Orchestra
    5. Work Language: Latin
    6. ISMN: 979-000708801-9
    7. Size: 7.5 x 10.6 inches
    8. Pages: 108
    9. 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.