Missa Brevis in D (K194) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)

Today the Chorale is singing the Missa Brevis in D (K.194) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791). This wonderful “brief” Mass was composed in August of 1774 when young Wolfgang was just 18 years old and served as Salzburg’s court Konzertmeister.  It is one of his nine missa brevis and is scored for chorus, soloists, and a smaller chamber orchestra with limited orchestration. Despite the adherence to Prince-Archbishop Colloredo’s strict rules of simplicity and brevity, this Mass is inventive, melodious and powerful.  The listener gets a glimpse of things to come from this young composer in the complex but beautiful fugue in the Sanctus and again in the Benedictus on the text, “Hosanna in excelsis.” The poignant Agnus Dei is the most frequently sung and recorded portion of the Mass.

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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