Johannes Brahms (1833-1897): Missa canonica

Brahms’ Missa Canonica is a fairly early work – he probably composed it sometime around 1856. Despite the fact that it’s an early work Brahms obviously thought well of it, well enough that he quoted it heavily in his motet Warum ist das Licht gegeben?  And yet it’s almost unknown, so unknown in fact that…

Johannes Brahms (1833-1897): Geistliches Lied, Op 30

The Op 30 Geistliches Lied  (Sacred Song) is Brahms’ earliest accompanied choral work he composed it in 1856 – the same year in which he composed his Missa Canonica, he was all of twenty-three years old . It’s an accomplished piece of writing that combines a mastery of counterpoint with a sense of delicacy  to…