Saturday 13 June 2015
All Saints' Church
Hessle HU13 0AD
“Concert with Frederick the Great in Sanssouci”
by Adolph von Menzel, 1852, depicts Frederick the Great
playing the flute as C. P. E. Bach accompanies on the keyboard.
Great Credo Mass K257
Magnificat in D major
Mozart’s ‘Great’ Credo Mass is one of several mass
settings in which he used as one of its main ideas a short
reference to a plainchant associated with the creed. We
performed one of his so-called credo masses some years ago,
but that was an earlier work, known as the Little, or Lesser
Credo mass. The one in this year’s programme is slightly
longer than the earlier work, and more substantial. This is not
surprising, for the composer was 20 when he wrote it, and
more than half-way through his short but productive life.
The main piece in the programme is CPE Bach’s
Magnificat in D major. Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach was
Johann Sebastian Bach’s eldest son, and he was greatly
admired by both Haydn and Mozart. His influence on the
development of music in the Classical Period was immense.
This setting of the Magnificat dates from 1749, the year
before his father’s death, and owes something to his father’s
own setting of the text, particularly in its last movement,
but it also looks forward to the music of Haydn and Mozart.
As far as we know, it has never been performed in Hull. At
last we give you a chance to hear this so unjustly neglected
The concert also includes a surprise item. Watch out for