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What to Listen for in Music: Beethoven's Missa Solemnis, with Saul Lilienstein

What to Listen for in Music: Beethoven's Missa Solemnis, with Saul Lilienstein

Saturday, November 3, 2012 5:00 PM

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Musicologist Saul Lilienstein examines Beethoven's masterful Missa Solemnis, which stands alongside J.S. Bach's Mass in B Minor as one of the greatest settings of the Catholic Mass.

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The Missa Solemnis stands alongside J.S. Bach's Mass in B Minor as one of the greatest settings of the Catholic Mass. Filled with awe and yet with defiance, Beethoven addresses the text with deep religious feelings but with a non-sectarian spirituality. Saul Lilienstein (who has conducted, sung, and lovingly studied this masterpiece) will share an inside understanding of the composer's work.

Performance Timing:  90 minutes