No. 1, BWV 1066
Great Mass, in C minor, KV 427
TWO INDISPUTABLE PILLARS
Bach and Mozart are the two major composers of the first and second half of the eighteenth century respectively. They had very different personalities and they moved in different musical styles, the baroque and the classic, but they shared their love for music and created extensive catalogues of works that allow us to enjoy their musical ideas in multiplicity of vocal and instrumental formations.
Orchestral Suite No. 1 is part of a set of four that were written during the so-called Leipizig period (1723-1750). It is formed by 6 dances preceded by an overture. In all of them, the star moments of strings and wind join together in a counterpoint texture of which Bach was a master without equal.
The influence of both Bach and Händel are found in Mozart’s Great Mass in C Minor. Written between 1782 and 1783 its name adopts the characteristics of the solemn or Neapolitan Mass, which, influenced byopera, separates the parts of the ordinary mass in different numbers and introduces virtuoso arias. Although Mozart did not finish the orchestration of some passages of the Creed and did not write an Agnus Dei, it is considered one of his most important sacred works.