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W.A. Mozart, Trinitatis, K 167 (Trinity Sunday)

May 27 @ 10:00 am

Mass No. 7 in C Major “Missa in honorem Sanctissimae Trinitatis” (Trinitatis Mass), K 167 (1773)


W.A. Mozart (b.Salzburg1756; d.Vienna1791) composed the Missa in honorem Sanctissimae Trinitatis (K. 167) at age 17. He dated it June 1773 and possibly intended it for Trinity Sunday, which occurred on June 6 of that year. However, British musicologist, Stanley Sadie (193-2005), as well American musicologist Neal Zaslaw (1939- ), both suggested that Mozart composed this Mass for Salzburg’s beautiful Dreifaltigkeitskirche (Trinity Church) – hence its nickname, Trinitatis Mass. They doubt that the Mass was written for the city’s cathedral, because it did not meet the strict time constraints mandated by the Prince-Archbishop of Salzburg, Hieronymous Graf Colloredo, for his cathedral church. However, the Trinitatis Mass was composed by Mozart as a fully orchestrated but wholly choral Mass without vocal solo arias, making it neither a missa brevis nor a missa solemnis, but arguably a missa longa – a more festive orchestrated Mass for minor solemnities, such as Trinity Sunday. German-American musicologist Alfred Einstein (1880-1952), opined that Mozart composed the Mass without solo arias, just so that the Mass could meet the requirements of the Prince-Archbishop. In any case, listen for the trumpets and the showy contrapuntal fugue in the final section of the Credo, “Et vitam venturi.”                                                                                                         (31:00)



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535 Lafond Ave
Saint Paul, MN 55103 United States
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