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Composing the Missa Solemnis

Beethoven composed the Missa Solemnis (the Solemn Mass) to honor his patron, Archduke Rudolph, after he became Archbishop.  To create something new, and memorable, Beethoven studied ancient church music.  He was especially intrigued with the work of monks who used the Dorian Mode.

Using that ancient mode of music in his Missa Solemnis, Beethoven composed what he considered to be his best work. 

In this clip, the choir and soloists sing parts of the Missa Solemnis. They begin with the Kyrie, then switch to the Credo and finish with the Gloria.

Clip from “Beethoven,” a 2005 BBC television production, featuring Charles Hazlewood and starring Paul Rhys as Beethoven.

 


Media Credits

Clip from “Beethoven,” a 2005 BBC television production, featuring Charles Hazlewood and starring Paul Rhys as Beethoven. 

Online, courtesy BBC Worldwide Channel at YouTube.

Director:
Ursula Macfarlane

Key Cast Members:

Paul Rhys
Ludwig van Beethoven

Jack Shepherd
Joseph Haydn

David Bamber
Prince Lichnowsky

Alice Eve
Countess Giulietta Guicciardi

Nicholas Farrell
Stephan von Breuning

Tom Goodman-Hill
Anton Schindler

Gareth David-Lloyd
Older Karl

Casper Harvey
Young Karl

Sarah Hadland
Johanna van Beethoven

Christian Coulson
Archduke Rudolph

Charles Hazlewood
Himself - Presenter

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