It was 4 o’clock in the afternoon. In the living room, behind a locked door, we heard the master singing parts of the fugue in the Credo—singing, howling, stamping. After we had been listening a long time to the almost awful scene, and were about to go away, the door opened and Beethoven stood before us with distorted features, calculated to excite fear. He looked as if he had been in mortal combat with the whole host of contrapuntists, his everlasting enemies.
I can relate to this excerpt from an account by Anton Schindler, Ludwig van Beethoven’s somewhat troubled secretary and early biographer: I too am singing and howling and stamping my way through the sublime, majestic, tender, dramatic, and beautiful Missa Solemnis in D major, Op. 123. We begin rehearsals on Monday, September 8, 7.30pm at the First Baptist Church of Littleton. It will be wonderful to work again with all of the members of the Chorale – bring a friend along! I’m looking forward to embarking upon another amazing musical journey with you.
The Nashoba Valley Chorale will sing Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis on January 31, 2015, 8pm at Littleton High School.