Missa Brevis No. 8 (Mozart)

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The Missa Brevis No. 8 in C major, K. 259, is a mass composed by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, probably in 1776.[1] It is scored for SATB soloists, SATB choir, violin I and II, 2 oboes, 2 clarini (high trumpets), 3 trombones colla parte, timpani and basso continuo.

Although classed as a missa brevis (brief mass), the inclusion of trumpets in the scoring makes it a missa brevis et solemnis.[1][2] The mass derives its nickname Orgelmesse or Orgelsolomesse (Organ Solo Mass) from the obbligato organ solo entry of the Benedictus.[1][3] This is one of three masses Mozart composed in November and December 1776, all set in C major, including the Credo Mass (K. 257) and the Piccolominimesse (K. 258).[4]

The work consists of six movements. Performances require approximately 10–15 minutes.

  1. "Kyrie" Andante, C major, common time
  2. "Gloria" Allegro, C major, 3/4
  3. "Credo" Allegro, C major, common time
  4. "Sanctus" Adagio maestoso, C major, 3/4
    "Pleni sunt coeli et terra..." Allegro, C major, cut common time
  5. "Benedictus" Allegro vivace, G major, 3/4
    "Hosanna in excelsis..." Allegro, C major, 3/4
  6. "Agnus Dei" Adagio, C major, common time
    "Dona nobis pacem..." Allegro, C major, 3/4

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