Masses by Franz Schubert

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Franz Schubert's six Latin masses belong, together with the masses by the brothers Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven, to the high points of the genre around 1800. At the same time, there are particular choral masses which are very suitable for performance by able amateur choirs. Whilst the first four masses are rather short and comparatively simple, with the last two great masses Schubert embarked on new and more unconventional paths, including in the harmonic treatment, and by avoiding simple acclamation he directed his attention to the suffering Christ and with him, on the painful destiny of each individual person. By occasionally omitting key words from the ordinary of the mass, he was able to create profoundly heartfelt works which point far into the 19th century in their expressive power.