Missa longa in C major

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The Missa longa in C major, K. 262/246a, is a mass composed by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart in May 1776.[1] It is scored for SATB soloists, SATB choir, violin I and II, 2 oboes, 2 horns, 2 clarini (high trumpets), 3 trombones colla parte, timpani and basso continuo.

The mass is classed as a missa longa due to its length. However, due to its lack of extended writing for the solo parts, it has also been categorised as a missa brevis.[1] The occasion the mass was composed for remains debatable. It may have been composed at the Archbishop Colloredo's request for a special occasion at the Salzburg Cathedral, or at the directive of a different priest – Colloredo's preference for brief settings makes it unlikely that he would have approved of the missa longa.[2][3] Alternatively, it may have been composed for performance at St Peter's Church.[1][2]

The mass is divided into six movements.

  1. "Kyrie" Allegro moderato, C major, common time
  2. "Gloria" Allegro con spiritu, C major, common time
    "Qui tollis peccata mundi..." Andante, G minor, 3/4
    "Quoniam tu solus Sanctus..." Allegro con spiritu, C major, common time
  3. "Credo" Allegro, C major, 3/4
    "Et incarnatus est..." Adagio, C major, common time
    "Et resurrexit..." Allegro molto, C major, common time
    "Et in Spiritum Sanctum Dominum..." Allegro, G major, 3/4
    "Et unam sanctam..." Allegro, C major, 3/4
    "Et vitam venturi saeculi..." Allegro, C major, cut common time
  4. "Sanctus" Andantino, C major, 3/4
  5. "Benedictus" Andantino, F major, 3/4
  6. "Agnus Dei" Andante, C major, common time
    "Dona nobis pacem..." Allegro, C major, common time

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