In its spring concert at Cirencester Parish Church (27 April, 7.30 pm), Cirencester Choral Society will perform a variety of works illustrating the classical style of the second half of the 18th century. The main work is Haydnís Mass in time of war (1796), the second of his six Late Masses written when Austria was at war with Napoleon. The work, set for chorus and solo quartet, is thought to reflect Haydnís deeply religious anti-war feelings.
The concert will also feature three shorter works from the period. Mozartís setting of Regina Cúli (Queen of Heaven) (1771), an ancient Latin Marian Hymn of the Christian Church, was composed in 1771 when he was just 15. It includes dramatic coloratura soprano solos, perhaps characteristic of the young prodigyís youthful exuberance. Salieriís Coronation Te Deum was written for Leopold llís coronation as Emperor of The Holy Roman Empire in 1790. Despite his portrayal in the film Amadeus as a wicked rival, the gifted Salieri was more likely a colleague and friend of the younger Mozart. The third work is by Johann Christian Bach. He was the eleventh surviving child and youngest son of Johann Sebastian Bach and sometimes called Ďthe London Bachí having lived his later life in the British capital. Here he met the young Mozart and is credited with having had a significant influence on Mozartís concerto style. J C Bachís Magnificat in C is from his earlier period working in Italy, written in 1760, the year he converted to Catholicism. Both the Salieri and Bach works are set for chorus and solo quartet.
Warwick Coleís Corelli Orchestra will accompany these works and the Society has engaged four young London-based conservatoire singers for the solo roles. The concert will be conducted by the Societyís Musical Director Carleton Etherington. Tickets £15 (Student £6, Child £3) will be available from late March from the Visitor Information Centre (Corinium Museum) (01285 654180) or Society members.
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