It’s a German word that uses a symbol (or a letter) I don’t recognize: Große.
After a bit of Googling, I discovered that the word means grosse, which means — I suppose — “great.” Orgelmesse is a compound word that means “organ mass.”
So, Große Orgelmesse in E Flat is the Great Organ Mass.
In E Flat.
Except it’s not.
Not to my ears, anyway.
It’s a mass, all right. With a bit of organ thrown in. But it all just sort of lies there. Nothing grabs me by the lapels and shakes me from my stupor.
Here. Listen for yourself:
Große Orgelmesse in E Flat Hob XXII:4 was composed in 1770. Haydn was 38. Continue reading