Mass in C major, K. 167 "in honorem Sanctissimae Trinitatis"

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Missa solemnis in C major
"in honorem Sanctissimae Trinitatis"
Mass by W. A. Mozart
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Key C major
Catalogue K. 167
Composed 1773 (1773): Salzburg
Movements 6
Vocal SATB choir and soloists
Instrumental orchestra

The Missa in honorem Sanctissimae Trinitatis in C major, K. 167, is a mass composed by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart in June 1773.[1] It is scored for SATB choir, violin I and II, 2 oboes, 2 clarini (high trumpets), 2 trumpets, timpani and basso continuo.

A solemn mass,[2] its name ("in honour of the Most Holy Trinity") and date indicate that it was likely to have been composed for Trinity Sunday, for use in Salzburg's Dreifaltigkeitskirche (de) (Trinity Church).[3] This is Mozart's only wholly choral mass setting, excluding all solo vocalists.[3][4] Einstein contends that this may have been done in order to achieve brevity, following the directive of Archbishop Colloredo.[5]

The work consists of six movements. Performances take 25–30 minutes.

  1. Kyrie Allegro, C major, common time
  2. Gloria Allegro, C major, 3/4
  3. Credo Allegro, C major, common time
    "Et incarnatus est" Adagio, C major, common time
    "Et resurrexit" Allegro, C major, common time
    "Et in Spiritum Sanctum" Allegro, G major, 3/4
    "Et unam sanctam" Allegro, C major, common time
    "Et vitam venturi saeculi" Alla breve, C major, cut common time
  4. Sanctus Andante, C major, 3/4
    "Hosanna in excelsis" Allegro, C major, common time
  5. Benedictus Allegro, F major, common time
    "Hosanna in excelsis" Allegro, C major, common time
  6. Agnus Dei Adagio, C major, 3/4
    "Dona nobis pacem" Allegro moderato, C major, cut common time


  1. ^ Tyson, Alan (1987). Mozart: Studies of the Autograph Scores. p. 19. 
  2. ^ Eisen, Cliff; Keefe, Simon, eds. (2006). The Cambridge Mozart Encyclopedia. p. 271. 
  3. ^ a b Sadie, Stanley (2006). Mozart: The Early Years 1756–1781. p. 307. 
  4. ^ Abert, Hermann (1923). Eisen, Cliff, ed. W. A. Mozart. Translated by Stewart Spencer. p. 264. 
  5. ^ Einstein, Alfred (1945). Mozart: His Character, His Work. p. 332. 

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