Michael Haydn Requiem
The original title for this concert was Mozart Requiem, but it is a popular work on All Souls Day, and there is a performance at QPAC earlier in the day. So we have changed the major work of the program to the Requiem by Michael Haydn. Michael Haydn was the brother of the great Joseph Haydn, and during his lifetime, some rated him as a greater composer than his brother. His Requiem is a wonderful piece of music, but interesting to us for an historical reason as well. Michael spent most of his life in Salzburg, where Mozart spent some time as a teenager. We know that Mozart heard the first three performances of Haydn's Requiem in 1772, when he was 16 years old. It obviously made a very strong impression on him, since there are very significant similarities in structure between Haydn's Requiem and Mozart's, composed 19 years later.