by Wilhelm August Rieder
Mass No. 6 in E Flat
ReviewThis particular passage is called "Kyrie." It's the opening section, and the translated lyrics are repetitions of "Lord have mercy. Christ have mercy. Lord have mercy." I love the buildup throughout the section. It starts off very soft followed by soaring vocals backed up by subtle horns and rhythmic strings. I love the back and forth of the tempo before Schubert softly closes out the section, preparing for the next passage, "Gloria," which opens with real oomph. The rest of the translated lyrics for Mass No. 6 in E Flat are traditional and very good.
ReflectionI love this piece. To enjoy something like this, you have to give yourself to it. While I was at the concert, several people were talking behind me. Fortunately, my wife and I were able to move during a break to a place where we could sit and enjoy the music. Classical music is made to sustain concentration; in fact, it demands it. Feel free to sit and do nothing but listen to this piece, maybe a couple of times. If anything, it should be incredibly relaxing. And please, don't be the person who talks in the middle of a classical music concert.
Most of what I've used here is from the links I provided, my own observations, or Wikipedia. Please enjoy!