Of the sacred works that Mozart composed in Salzburg none is as well known or as popular as the Mass in C Major K. 317. The mass was completed in Salzburg on 23 March 1779 and was probably first performed at the city’s cathedral on Easter Sunday 4 April. The first documented performance was at the coronation of Francis II as Holy Roman Emperor in 1792 (a year after the composer’s death). The mass appears to have acquired the nickname ‘Coronation Mass’ at the Imperial Court in Vienna in the early nineteenth century after becoming the preferred music for royal and imperial coronations.
Hear the fabulous Medici Choir perform this remarkable work in the splendour of St Martin-in-the-Fields.
Christine Buras — Soprano
Michael Cayton — Conductor
Tickets £32 (premium) £29 £25 £18 £13 £9 — available from the St Martin's box office — call 020 7766 1100 or book online.
The premium seats at St Martin's are front, central, and include a cushion.