First Topic – Kresta Comments: A look at Beethoven on the Anniversary of the premiere of his Missa Solemnis
The Missa solemnis in D Major, was composed by Ludwig van Beethoven from 1819-1823. It was first performed in Vienna on this day in 1824, when the Kyrie, Credo, and Agnus Dei were conducted by the composer. It is generally considered to be one of the composer's supreme achievements and, together with Bach's Mass in B Minor, it is the most significant mass setting of the common practice period. We listen to and learn about Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis.