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Reading Haydn Choir - Spring Concert - Mozart Requiem on Saturday 26th March 2022
Reading Haydn Choir invites you to join us for our Spring Concert on Saturday 26th of March at 7.30pm at St Joseph’s College, Upper Redlands Road Reading RG1 5JT. We’ll be singing Mozart's requiem and a number of ecclesiastical pieces by Bach and Bruckner, with a professional orchestra and soloists. St Joseph’s main hall, where we’ll be performing, provides a well-ventilated space and covid safety measures will be in place.
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791) left his ‘Requiem’ unfinished at his death in December 1791. Mozart was already unwell when he began to compose it and believed he was cursed to write the piece as a swansong because he knew he was dying. There is uncertainty as to the identity of the composer who completed the work, though it is now generally accepted that Mozart’s pupil Franz Süssmayer was responsible. The work is recognised as one of the greatest and most popular choral works of its genre.
Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750) composed over 200 church cantatas. ‘Wer mich liebet’, No. 59, was composed in 1723 and probably first performed the following year in Leipzig. He then expanded the music for his cantata no. 74 the following year. Our performance combines elements of both.
Anton Bruckner (1824-1896) composed his Offertorium ‘Afferentur regi’ in 1861. ‘Ecce Sacerdos’ followed 24 years later. Both pieces are scored for mixed choir and 3 trombones.
Music Genres: Choral, Classical
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