How does Haydn represent the holy context within Quoniam Tu Solus?

Topics: Trinity, Holy Spirit, God in Christianity Pages: 2 (719 words) Published: February 24, 2014
How does Haydn represent the holy context within Quoniam Tu Solus? ‘Quoniam Tu Solus’ from The Nelson Mass by Haydn is a form of sacred musical composition and is a choral composition. The text throughout is in Latin which is the language of the Catholic Church. In bars 22-23 the voices sing “In Gloria Dei Patris’ which translates to “in glory of God the Father”, However, even though this work is a choral composition, the voices are not necessary as the orchestra can stand alone. This is typical of a Symphonic Mass style of writing. At bars 9 up to bar 68, Heterophony is found; the melodic/harmonic ideas are doubled in arch from bar 9. Most of this work has some sort of representation of the Catholic Church and God. One of these representations is involved with the works structure. The work is based on a Tripartite Structure which represents The Holy Trinity; Bars 1-22 (section A) represents God Father, bars 22-61 (section B) represents God the Son and bars 23-end (Section C) represents the Holy Spirit. The use of Antiphony at bars 1-8 between the soprano soloist and chorus can be related to a church service as the call and response between the Vicar and congregation. The use of a fugue in choral works of this nature was a traditional device which can be traced back to late Baroque music; Haydn uses a fugue at bars 62-66. Another sort of device Haydn uses in his work is a contrapuntal inversion. This contrapuntal inversion is the over emphasis on music over religion and is found at bars 30-31. The Tonality in ‘Quoniam tu Solus’ is always major; this is because Haydn wanted the music to sound happier to represent celebration of the Napoleonic war. He opens the work in D major and does not modulate. The work is clearly in a Major Key because there’s functional harmony and tonality. Functional harmony and tonality is typical in classical musical. A Perfect cadence is found at the end of the work and par 61 has the use of I, IV-V in root and first inversion....
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