François-Joseph Gossec: Missa Pro Defunctis

“This art that avoids complexity but draws its strength from simplicity, this mastery founded on economy, this technique that aims for dired effect, this craftsmanship with perfect control of its tools – all of this, finally, brings us very close to Classicism. All things considered. it is not a paradox to view Gossec’s Missa Pro Defunctis as a work that looked to the future…”

— Maurice Barthdlemy