Joseph Martin Kraus (1756−1792)

Sinfonia da chiesa (Ouverture / 'Ouvertüre per la chiesa') D minor

VB 147

I. Largo
II. Alla capella [sic]

  • Year of composition: Probably Stockholm 1790 (1789-1790 according to van Boer's earlier dating; see more below)
  • Work category: Symphony
  • Duration: Approx. 10-15 min
  • Detailed duration: 10'05 (according to the Naxos CD edition)

Instrumentation / / (cont) / str

Location for score and part material

Copies at i.a. Musik- och teaterbiblioteket (KO/Sv-R Ouverture m.m. Giuseppe [sic] Kraus)

  • Possible call no. and autograph comment: Autograph at the Royal Opera library: Kyrkomusik 38. Manuscript af Joseph Kraus till Ouverturen No. 5; 5to Libro (the sketch of the score is placed in the score to Sorgemusik över Gustav III [Funeral music for Gustav III])


van Boer Jr, Bertil H: Die Werke von Joseph Martin Kraus. Systematisch-thematisches Werkverzeichnis, the Royal Swedish Academy of Music series no. 56, Stockholm (1988); an updated edition in English with a partly revised VB-numbering was published in 1998 by Pendragon Press under the title 'Joseph Martin Kraus. A Systematic-Thematic Catalogue of His Musical Works and Source Study' (the numbering of this work is however unchanged).

Description of work

I. Largo D minor 4/4 (C)
II. Alla capella [sic] D minor alla breve

Work comment

According to van Boer, the works is meant to be performed as one piece, but consists of two separate movements.

Sats I, Largo, reused in Sorgemusik över Gustav III [Funeral music to Gustav III]. II Funeral cantata (VB 42).

Sats II, Alla capella, is composed by Johann Georg Albrechtsberger (second part of the overture to 'Die Pilger auf Golgotha') and revised by Kraus, who was given the fugue by the composer in 1783 (according to van Boer).