Beethoven Manuscript Expression Marks and the Missa Solemnis

NEC: Blumenthal Family Library | Directions

255 St. Botolph Street
Boston, MA
United States

In his Missa Solemnis, Beethoven used a very elaborate set of expression marks in the manuscript that do not appear in printed versions of the score. These markings are directly connected to the text of the Mass. A thorough understanding of the text and the markings can enhance our appreciation of the work and Beethoven’s approach to expressivity. During this presentation, Prof. Kitchen will explain Beethoven’s use of expression marks and will guide us through a recording of the entire Credo while following the manuscript score.

This event will be held in the Prevost Room (SLPC 315) of the Blumenthal Family Library.