Mass in D major, K. 194

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The Missa brevis No. 4 in D major, K. 194/186h, is a mass composed by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and completed on 8 August 1774.[1] It is scored for SATB soloists, SATB choir, violin I and II, 3 trombones colla parte, and basso continuo.

This missa brevis is thought to have been composed for ordinary liturgical use in the Salzburg Cathedral,[1][2] under the directive of Archbishop Colloredo. Mozart tried to satisfy Colloredo's demands for brevity and concision in the composition of this mass – none of the movements have an orchestral prelude, the orchestra itself is highly reduced, there is very little fugal writing, and much of the setting is homophonic.[3] In 1793, the Lotter house published the mass posthumously;[4] it was the first of Mozart's works to appear in print.[3]

The mass consists of six movements. Performances require approximately 15 minutes.

  1. "Kyrie" Andante, D major, common time
  2. "Gloria" Allegro moderato, D major, common time
  3. "Credo" Allegro, D major, 3/4
    "Et incarnatus est..." Andante moderato, D major, common time
    "Et resurrexit..." Allegro, D major, 3/4
  4. "Sanctus" Andante, D major, common time
    "Pleni sunt coeli et terra..." Allegro, D major, 3/4
  5. "Benedictus" Andante ma non troppo, G major, common time
    "Hosanna in excelsis..." Allegro, D major, 3/4
  6. "Agnus Dei" Andante, D major, 3/4
    "Dona nobis pacem..." Allegro, D major, common time

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