Mass in G major, K. 49

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Missa brevis in G major
Mass by W. A. Mozart
The composer in 1770
Key G major
Catalogue K. 49/47d
Composed 1768 (1768): Salzburg
Movements 6
Vocal SATB choir and soloists
  • two violins
  • viola
  • continuo

Mozart's Mass in G major, K. 49/47d), is his first full mass. It is a missa brevis scored for SATB soloists and choir, violin I and II, viola, and basso continuo.

Mozart wrote the Mass in G major at the age of 12. It was however neither his first setting of a part of the mass ordinary — two years earlier he had already composed a Kyrie (K. 33) —, nor was it his largest composition with a religious theme up to date: his sacred musical play Die Schuldigkeit des ersten Gebots had been premiered in the previous year.


Composed in Vienna in the autumn of 1768,[1] this mass is Mozart's only missa brevis to feature a viola part.[2] It is not clear what occasion it was composed for, and it has been confused with the Waisenhausmesse, composed in the same year.[3]

Religious music at the time was increasingly influenced by opera and Baroque embellishments in instrumentation; Mozart's early masses, such as K. 49/47d, have been seen as a return to the more austere settings of the pre-Baroque era.[4]


The six movements of the mass follow the traditional Order of Mass:

Kyrie Adagio, G major, common time
"Kyrie eleison" Andante, G major, 3/4
Gloria Allegro, G major, common time
Credo Allegro, G major, 3/4
"Et incarnatus est" Poco Adagio, C major, cut common time
"Et resurrexit" Allegro, G major, cut common time
"Et in Spiritum Sanctum" Andante, C major, 3/4; bass solo
"Et in unam sanctam" Allegro, G major, cut common time
Sanctus Andante, G major, 3/4
"Pleni sunt coeli et terra" Allegro, G major, 3/4
"Hosanna in excelsis" Allegro, G major, 4/2
Benedictus Andante, C major, 3/4; soloist quartet
"Hosanna in excelsis" Allegro, G major, 4/2
Agnus Dei Adagio, G major, cut common time
"Dona nobis pacem" Allegro, G major, 3/8


  1. ^ Einstein, Alfred (1945). Mozart: His Character, His Work. p. 326. 
  2. ^ Eisen, Cliff; Keefe, Simon, eds. (2006). The Cambridge Mozart Encyclopedia. p. 272. 
  3. ^ Melograni, Piero (2007). Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: A Biography. p. 27. 
  4. ^ Maragh-Ablinger, Renate. Wolfgang Amade Mozart. p. 51. 

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