Haydn's Missa in Tempore Belli was composed in 1796 for SATB chorus and soloists with orchestra. It is one of the finest of the six Hermenegild masses that, together with The Creation and The Seasons, represent the crowning glory of Haydn's final creative period. Although the work was originally written for relatively modest orchestral forces, the wind scoring was expanded when it was performed to great acclaim in Vienna in late 1796. This critical edition by Dr David Russell Hulme is the first to include both the original and Viennese scorings, and the vocal score contains a specially prepared piano reduction that provides a full and practical representation of the instrumental textures and clearly identifies the additional Viennese material. Complete orchestral and vocal material is available on hire/rental, and the vocal score is also available on sale.
David Russell Hulme (b.1951) is a Welsh conductor and musicologist known particularly for his research and publications on the music of Sir Arthur Sullivan. Hulme became University College of Wales's first Director of Music in 1992 and conducts the Philomusica, Choral Union and University Sinfonia there. He also took charge of the Aberystwyth Choral Society in 2002.