Major Music Service – Haydn Mass #13

Date(s) - Sunday, December 10



On Sunday, December 10th, the Senior Choir will be performing Joseph Haydn’s Mass #13, accompanied by a professional chamber orchestra. This joyful mass is part of the long Major Music Service tradition here at First Church.

Composed when Haydn was almost seventy, the Schöpfungsmesse, or ‘Creation Mass’, derives its nickname from a notorious musical reference to his own famous oratorio The Creation. In the second movement, shortly after the powerful choral opening, horns unexpectedly announce the melody from Adam and Eve’s duet ‘The dew-dropping morn, how she quickens all!’ from The Creation. The familiar tune subsequently accompanies the phrase ‘Qui tollis peccata mundi’ (‘Thou that takest away the sins of the world’), making the wry connection between the ‘sins of the world’ and its original sinners.

Join us for a beautiful music service at 10:30am in the Sanctuary!

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