by Llewellyn Lafford

The Austrian Mass: Haydn-Mozart Buddy Bash

The Austrian Mass: Works by Mozart and Haydn

Haydn and Mozart, though born 24 years apart, palled around Vienna together and ended up great buddies, with enormous mutual respect. They were individual musical geniuses, but admitted to learning much from one another. Wolfgang dubbed Franz “Papa” and Franz called Wolfie Spritzen” (Squirt”). Later, Crazy Ludwig joined the gang and they terrorized the learned establishment under the ironic moniker “Viennese School”.

Here will be performed a couple of Latin masses that represent each composer’s workmanlike mastery of his craft. Yours truly am occupying the customary roles: humble first tenor and producer of posters and programs.

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