Composer Helmut Eder, who passed away in Salzburg on February 8, 2005 at the age of 88, was very closely connected to the Salzburg festival. His works have been performed
there since 1964; he received his first commission from the festival in 1976: the Divertimento für Koloratursopran und drei Orchestergruppen op. 64.
The mass “… Missa est”, commissioned by the Austrian Radio Broadcasting Company (ORF), was premiered on August 23, 1986 at the Salzburg Festival. It featured top soloists: Eva Lind, Marjana Lipovsek and Robert Holl. Two highly exceptional documents from the history of the Salzburg Festival!