Lecture by Adeline Meuller

Wednesday, March 27, 2019
3:30 PM - 5:30 PM (ET)
Carol and Park B. Smith Hall Rehm Lib
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Lecture - Speaker
Alice Resker
Music Department

Music and Child Welfare in a Jesuit Institution – Mozart's Mass for the Vienna Orphanage (1768)

Musicologist Adeline Mueller (Mount Holyoke College) will discuss Mozart’s “Waisenhausmesse” (Orphanage Mass, K. 139) for the 1768 ceremony consecrating the new church at Vienna’s Waisenhaus. Under the directorship of Jesuit priest Ignaz Parhammer, the Waisenhaus blended technical, military, and musical training in an effort to improve the lives of hundreds of Vienna's orphaned and abandoned children. Drawing on detailed accounts of the Waisenhaus’ activities—particularly those of its music ensembles—Mueller offers a glimpse into the context for this, Mozart’s first complete Mass setting. Mozart himself participated in the 1768 ceremony as both conductor and singer, acting as the “poster child” for the ideal Imperial subject to which Parhammer and his staff hoped to mold their young charges.

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Categories: Music 

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