Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Coronation Mass#
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756 Salzburg - 1791 Vienna) did not give this work the name Coronation Mass Kroenungsmesse - it was first used in 1873. The mass was probably performed in the Salzburg Cathedral at Easter 1779 for the first time. The large orchestra without violas (typical for Salzburg) seems to support this conclusion. This is a symphonic mass: the solo voices and the choir are clearly separated from each other and the oboe is particularly important.
Picture: the Vienna Boys Choir in the Court Chapel in Vienna. The tradition of this institution was founded in the Late Middle-Ages.Nowadays it ranks along with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra as one one of Austria's major export articles.