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MT. Shasta Christmas[CD]
~ College of the Siskiyous Choirs
Missa Brevis in C Major The original incomplete Mass in C by Mozart lay for many years in the archives of the Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde in Vienna. It had originally been identified as a W.A. Mozart work by Kirchel and given the number K115. It was assumed that the mass was one of the greatest examples of Mozart's early masses. Musicologist Bernhard Paumgartner, who attributed the mass to the 18 year old Wolfgang, took it upon himself to finish the Mass which ended only five measures into the Sanctus. It was not until 1975 that the discovery was made that the mass was not by W.A. Mozart at all, but rather by his father, Leopold Mozart. In the words of Maynard Solomon, foremost Mozart scholar and biographer, '(Leopold)...was a prolific and competent craftsman who composed large quantities of music as required by his employer.' The Kyrie and Gloria included in this recording were composed in their entirety by Leopold Mozart. Ceremony of Carols In 1942, during a stopover in Halifax, Nova Scotia, before crossing the Atlantic to England, Benjamin Britten purchased a copy of 'The English Galaxy of Shorter Poems.' It was this volume of poems which sparked off the idea for the sequence of Carols with harp accompaniment which Britten wrote during the crossing. Five of the poems from this small book appear in the finished copy. Other music Irving Berlin's songs of Christmas bring to mind 'Snow' and 'White Christmases.' If you have never heard any of the Christmas mischief of P.D.Q. Bach, here is your chance to hear 'Throw the Yule Log On, Uncle John.'
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