Here is another Listening Journal entry for my Conducting Style and Analysis class!

This was another piece I was previously unaware of, and now after listening to it and reading about it’s background, I absolutely love the music and the way it was written. Haydn wrote this during a time of war, giving the standard Mass text a “prayerful sense of urgency” (AmericanBach.org). The piece is primarily written in d minor, giving the mass an overall feeling of darkness. The last movement, however, concludes in D Major, with the text “dona nobis pacem” or “grant us peace,” which conveys brighter sounds and promotes a feeling of peace. I LOVE that. I think it’s brilliant.

(You can watch/listen to them as a playlist…I just posted one movement!)

You can see more posts from my Listening Journal here!