Zoltan Kodaly, Missa Brevis
November 6, 2011
The great Hungarian composer Kodaly was at the peak of his powers and popularity when, in the 1940s, politics and war forced him to take refuge in a Benedictine convent. There he composed the Missa Brevis, which premiered in 1944 in a makeshift auditorium created out of the cloakroom of the Budapest opera house. The Mass is a virtuoso choral work of great beauty and passion that is heard all too rarely.