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Encyclopedia > Mass in C major (Beethoven)

Ludwig van Beethoven wrote his Mass in C major (or Mass in C) to a commission from Nikolaus Esterh├ízy in 1807. This was one of a series of commissions in honor of Franz Joseph Haydn, who had written one such mass per year until his death. Ludwig van Beethoven Ludwig van Beethoven (baptized December 17, 1770; died March 26, 1827) was a German composer of classical music, who predominantly lived in Vienna, Austria. ... In law a commission is a patent which allows a person to take possession of a state office and carry out official acts and duties. ... 1807 was a common year starting on Thursday (see link for calendar). ... (Franz) Joseph Haydn (in German, Josef; he never used the Franz) (March 31, 1732 – May 31, 1809) was a leading composer of the classical period. ...

Although Beethoven did not have much experience with religious music at that time, he was already very experienced with composing instrumental music. Religion—sometimes used interchangeably with faith or belief system—is commonly defined as belief concerning the supernatural, sacred, or divine, and the moral codes, practices, values, and institutions associated with such belief. ...



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