Summer Concert 2020.
HYTHE FESTIVAL EVENT.
7.30 p.m., 4th July 2020 at St. Leonard`s church, Hythe
Franz Joseph Haydn - Stabat Mater
Franz Joseph Haydn - Salve Regina in G minor
George Frideric Handel - Arrival of the Queen of Sheba
Antonio Vivaldi - Double Oboe Concerto
THIS CONCERT IS SUBJECT TO POSTPONEMENT OR CANCELLATION WITH REGARD TO THE ONGOING COVID-19 SITUATION
Stabat Mater composed by Franz Joseph Haydn
Joseph Haydn`s, Stabat Mater Hob XXa:1 was written in 1767, for mixed choir, soprano, alto, tenor and bass soloists, two oboes both doubling English horn in the sections in E-flat major, strings and organ continuo. This was the first church work the composer wrote after entering the service of Prince Esterházy in Eisenstadt. Unlike almost all of his other sacred works, it soon circulated in numerous copies and established Haydn`s reputation as the leading composer of the day. The original signed manuscript has never been found.
The first performance was thought to be given on 25th March 1768 in Vienna with Haydn conducting from the harpsichord.
The work is divided into thirteen sections and is built around five choruses, seven arias and one duet. In the final movement the chorus establishes the vision of the Paradise in a bright G major, a fugue that becomes more and more florid until it encourages a burst of grateful colour from the soprano.
5. Pro peccatis suae gentis
6. Vidit suum dulcem natum
7. Eja Mater, fons amoris
8. Sancta Mater, istud agas
9. Fac me vere tecum flere
10. Virgo virginum praeclara
11. Flammis orci ne succendar
12. Fac me cruce custodiri
13. Quando corpus morietur
Salve Regina in G minor composed by Franz Joseph Haydn
The Salve Regina in G minor H XXIIIb 2 is generally considered to be composed in 1771. This is attributable to the fact that the original manuscript contained a coded message within the score that indicates 1771 was the year of composure. The manuscript was actually dated as 1770, but with the final zero crossed out and replaced with a one, presumably by Haydn, himself. It is not known with any certainty the occasion or the venue for which the piece was intended but is is generally regarded that it was composed to honour the Virgin Mary after Haydn`s recovery from a serious illness, details of which are not known. The piece was scored for relatively small forces including four soloists, organ and strings, but is often performed with four part choir as given by the Folkestone Choral Society on 21st March 2020. Salve Regina was composed on a smaller scale than that of the Stabat Mater but has more coherance and fluidity with several sections linked forming larger movements. Also, the wording of this piece has been constructed more skillfully and memorable than the earlier Stabat Mater.