Mass in D minor, K. 65

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The Church at the University of Salzburg, circa 1712. The mass was composed for a forty-hour vigil held at the church.

The Missa brevis No. 2 in D minor, K. 65/61a, is a mass composed by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and completed on 14 January 1769.[1] It is scored for SATB soloists, SATB choir, violin I and II, 3 trombones colla parte, and basso continuo.

It is thought that this mass was performed in the University of Salzburg's Kollegienkirche to open a forty-hour vigil.[2][3] As a Lenten mass, it is likely that the Gloria could not have been performed on this occasion, and would have been composed for subsequent use.[4] This is Mozart's shortest setting of the Order of Mass, and his only missa brevis set in a minor key.[3]

The mass is divided into six movements.

  1. "Kyrie" Adagio, D minor, common time
    "Kyrie eleison..." Allegro, D minor, 3/4
  2. "Gloria" Allegro moderato, D minor, common time
  3. "Credo" Allegro moderato, D minor, 3/4
    "Et incarnatus est..." Adagio, D minor, cut common time
    "Et resurrexit..." Allegro moderato, D minor, 3/4
    "Et vitam venturi saeculi..." Più mosso, D minor, cut common time
  4. "Sanctus" Adagio, D minor, cut common time
    "Pleni sunt coeli et terra..." Allegro, D minor, common time
    "Hosanna in excelsis..." Allegro, D minor, 3/4
  5. "Benedictus" Andante, G minor, common time; soprano/alto duet
    "Hosanna in excelsis..." Allegro, D minor, 3/4
  6. "Agnus Dei" Andante, D minor, common time
    "Dona nobis pacem..." Vivace, D minor, 3/8

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