Trinitatis Mass (K167) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)

Today the Chorale presents the Missa in honorem Sanctissimae Trinitatis (K. 167), which Mozart composed at age 17. He dated it June 1773 and likely intended it for Trinity Sunday. The biographers of his early years, Stanley Sadie and Neal Zaslaw, think he may have written it for Salzburg’s beautiful Holy Trinity Church (Dreifaltigkeitskirche), built by Fischer von Erlach. The Trinitatis Mass is the only choral Mass Mozart composed without vocal solos, and the biographers doubt it was written for the city’s cathedral. Listen for the trumpets and the showy contrapuntal fugue in the Credo at “et vitam venturi.”

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