Written on enormous sheets of paper which make Tallis’s 40-parts Spem in alium seem rather small by comparison, Biber’s Salzburg Mass is the largest surviving composition of sacred baroque music.
The manuscript was first found in the home of a greengrocer in the 1870s in Salzburg and was originally thought to have been composed by Benevoli. In the mid-1970s the musicologist Hintermaier proved that the Missa had been written by Heinrich Biber, most probably in 1682 for the celebrations marking the 1100th anniversary of the archdiocese of Salzburg.
The concert will also feature Handel’s Water Music Suites I & II, first performed in 1717 on the occasion of the grandest, and possibly the last, of King George I’s water parties.
Join the finest musicians and singers of Armonico Consort to experience these magnificent and opulent works.