Introduction with Dieter Rexroth at 7pm in the Hermann-Woll-Saal
It took Beethoven nearly four years (from April 1819 to January 1823) to compose the Missa solemnis, which he called “the greatest work I have written to date.” Even taking into account that the work was interrupted multiple times – to write the three Piano Sonatas op. 109–111 an the Diabelli Variations, for instance, and also owing to serious illness – it is clear that it cost him a tremendous amount of mental energy to contend with the extraordinary scale of this masterpiece. Given this context,one could almost consider the later marketing of the Missa – a combination of mercenary creativity and charlatanry – as compensation for the tremendous temporal and compositional constraints under which the work was created.
Under the high patronage of the Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier and the Belgian King, Philippe I