A mass for the spirit

St. Stephen's Cathedral, Vienna

A prayer coming out of absolute of stillness

The ‘Missa solemnis’ is considered to be one of Beethoven’s most profound creations. Composed only a few years before his death, approximately around the time of the 9th symphony, Beethoven himself considered the “Missa solemnis” as his greatest work. Rarely performed because of it’s immense size – chorus, soloists, organ and large orchestra, it is of sheer breath-taking transcendental quality.

It embodies the spirituality of  the man who perceived this music in deep meditation and stillness of his inner being.  Beethoven was already  completely deaf when he wrote the Missa solemnis.

Listen to the Sanctus, the most transcendentally beautiful part.  A solo violin enters in its highest range, representing the Holy Spirit descending to earth.

‘Benedictus, qui venit in nomine Domini.
Hosanna in excelsis ‘

Beethoven with the "Missa Solemnis"

Recording: Mass in D, Op. 123 “Missa Solemnis”: Sanctus: Benedictus, Berliner Philharmoniker & Herbert von Karajan; 1988

About Michaela

I am a wanderer and a wonderer, like you are. I love our journey and to walk in the company of friends – to learn, experience, share, laugh, cry and above all I simply love this marvelous, magical, mysterious life. I have no plan (cannot believe I am saying this) and my only intention is to be truthful to myself and others.
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