Two masterpieces composed two centuries apart on the same text reveal the miracle that genius can create in the human soul. Franz Joseph Haydn was 66 when he brought forth his greatest work, his Missa in Angustiis (Mass in Troubled Times, also known as Lord Nelson Mass) with chorus and trumpets pealing forth in glory. Ola Gjeilo (YAY-low), a Norwegian who came to America at 23, was 32 in 2010 when he conceived the same Latin text in an entirely new way in his Sunrise Mass, using familiar chords combined magically to create a sense of deep mystery. Two composers, two centuries, two masterpieces: Glory and Mystery.
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