Messe des pêcheurs de Villerville
The Messe des pêcheurs de Villerville (Mass of the fishermen of Villerville) is a missa brevis written by Gabriel Fauré in collaboration with his former pupil André Messager. A later version, published as Messe basse contained only movements composed by Fauré.
Messe des pêcheurs de Villerville (1881)
The sections of the mass run as follows:
- Kyrie (Messager)
- Gloria (Fauré)
- Sanctus (Fauré)
- O Salutaris (Messager)
- Agnus Dei (Fauré)
The first performance took place in Villerville on 4 September 1881 accompanied by a harmonium and a violin. The concert was in aid of the fishermen's charitable association. Messager orchestrated the first four sections, and Fauré the last. A second performance, this time accompanied by orchestra, was given in Villerville the following year.
Messe basse (published 1907)
In 1907 Heugel & Cie published a version of the mass, removing Messager's sections and the Gloria (apart from a part of its music that was reused for the added Benedictus), and incorporating a new Kyrie by Fauré; this version, produced by Fauré in 1906, appeared under the title Messe basse.