MAILED: May 9, 1997|
EAU CLAIRE -- The Symphonic Choir and University Orchestra will present a concert at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 11, in Gantner Concert Hall of the Fine Arts Center at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.
This performance celebrates the 200th birth year of Franz Peter Schubert. Born on January 31, 1797, in Vienna, Schubert was the 12th child of 14. He died Nov. 19, 1828, at the age of 31. Schubert began his first serious efforts at composition in 1810 when he took his music lessons from Antonio Salieri. He produced nearly a thousand compositions which included more than 600 songs for voice and piano.
The choir and orchestra will perform Schubert's "Solemn Mass No. 6 in Eb D. 950" composed in the summer of 1828. The parts the group will perform include "Kyrie Eleison," "Gloria in Excelsis," "Credo in Unum Deum," "Sanctus," "Benedictus" and "Agnus Dei." The premiere performance was given in 1829 after Schubert's death under the direction of his brother, Ferdinand, to celebrate the first anniversary of the Society for the Performance of Church Music.
The Mass is a "Missa Solemnis (Solemn High Mass)." The music takes an hour to perform and would require the full dimensions of a liturgical celebration, which could last for two to three hours, to put it in its proper perspective. The full symphony orchestra of Schubert's time is used with the absence of flutes.
The Schubertian contribution to the Mass text is found in the melody and harmony. In each instance, if something deeply moves listeners once, Schubert accommodates them by giving them a second and often third hearing.
Tickets for the concert are $4.50 for the general public; $3.50 for senior citizens, children under 18 and faculty and staff; or $1.25 with a UW-Eau Claire ID. Tickets are available in the lobby of the Fine Arts Center.
Janice B. Wisner
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Updated: May 9, 1997