Missa Brevis by Jacob de Haan: A Masterpiece of Choral Music
Missa Brevis is a mass for wind orchestra and choir composed by Jacob de Haan, a Dutch contemporary composer and conductor. It was commissioned by the Departmental Council for Music and Culture of Haut-Rhin (Dir.: Philippe Pfisterer) of Guebwiller in France, on the occasion of the celebrations of the millennium of the birth of Pope Leo IX in Eguisheim. The world premiere took place on June 23, 2002 under the direction of the composer, and was broadcast live on the national television channel France 2.
The mass consists of six movements: Kyrie, Gloria, Credo, Sanctus, Benedictus and Agnus Dei. Each movement has its own character and style, ranging from solemn and majestic to lyrical and expressive. The choir sings in Latin, while the wind orchestra provides a rich and colorful accompaniment. The music is influenced by various musical traditions, such as Gregorian chant, classical harmony, jazz and pop.
Missa Brevis is a work of great beauty and spirituality, that showcases the talents of both the choir and the wind orchestra. It is also a tribute to Pope Leo IX, who was a reformer and a peacemaker in the 11th century. The composer said: \"I hope that this music will contribute to the dialogue between cultures and religions\".
If you want to listen to or perform this masterpiece of choral music, you can find the sheet music for Missa Brevis by Jacob de Haan on Musescore.com[^1^], where you can play, print and download it in PDF or MIDI format. You can also watch a video of the performance on Youtube[^2^]. Enjoy!
Jacob de Haan was born on March 28, 1959 in Heerenveen, the Netherlands. He studied school music and organ at the State Music Academy in Leeuwarden, and later taught arranging at the same institution. He is one of the most popular and most played wind music composers of our time, with a long-time cooperation with his publisher, De Haske Publications. He has issued numerous compositions and arrangements for various line-ups, such as wind orchestra, fanfare band, brass band, choir and orchestra.
De Haan's music is influenced by various musical traditions, such as Gregorian chant, classical harmony, jazz and pop. He often combines different styles in his works, creating film-music-like atmospheres. His compositions are mostly written on commission for special occasions or events, such as anniversaries, festivals or competitions. Some of his most famous works include Oregon, Ammerland, La Storia, Ross Roy and The Heart of Lithuania.
De Haan is also active as a guest conductor, a master class teacher and a jury member at international competitions. He has worked in many European countries as well as Peru, Brazil, Colombia, South Korea, Australia, Singapore and the USA. He has collaborated with several professional orchestras and bands, as well as celebrated vocalists. In 2003 he received a music award for his entire oeuvre from the Frisian regional broadcasting company (Omrop FryslÃn). In 2018 he received two prestigious awards from Buma Classical: the Buma Classical Award and the Buma Wind Music Award. ec8f644aee