Mass in D, Opus 86 by Antonin Dvorak (1841-1904)

Antonin Dvorak composed the famous Mass in D in 1887 originally for soloists, chorus and organ, but later added his own setting for full orchestra.   Dvorak was a devout Catholic and composed a great deal of sacred music.   This Mass is one of his finest.  Inspired by Medieval Czech hymns and melodies, the Mass in D was also influenced by Schubert and Beethoven.  The haunting melodies of this great work will stay with you long after Mass has ended.

Dvorak’s music became extremely popular in the United States.   He spent a great deal of time in Spillville, Iowa (a small Czech community).  Probably his most famous work of all is the Symphony No. 9, subtitled From the New World, composed in 1893 for its world premiere in Carnegie Hall.  For several years some  residents of Spillville visited Saint Agnes for the great Mass in D.

The weekly schedule of Chorale Masses is posted here, and printed copies are at the church entrance, along with donation envelopes. The Chorale is a non-profit organization and depends on the generosity of donors. Please send contributions to: Twin Cities Catholic Chorale, P.O. Box 4234, St. Paul, MN 55104. A few of our contributors have asked about sponsoring a specific Mass on a given Sunday. If you might be interested, please contact Virginia Schubert, the Chorale’s President, at inquiry@catholicchorale.org.

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