Mass in C major, K. 66 "Dominicus"

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Missa solemnis in C major
Mass by W. A. Mozart
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Key C major
Catalogue K. 66
Occasion Ordination of Cajetan Hagenauer as Pater Dominicus
Composed 15 October 1769 (1769-10-15): Salzburg
Movements 6
Vocal SATB choir and soloists
Instrumental Orchestra

The Missa solemnis in C major, K. 66, is a mass composed by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart in 1769.[1] It is scored for SATB soloists and choir, violins I and II, viola, 2 oboes, 2 horns, 2 clarini (high trumpets), 2 trumpets and basso continuo.

Mozart composed the mass for the ordination of Cajetan Hagenauer, son of Lorenz Hagenauer, the Mozarts' landlord and family friend. Cajetan had entered St Peter's Abbey, a Benedictine monastery, whilst the Mozarts were on their grand tour.[2] When he became a priest in 1769, he took the name Pater Dominicus and celebrated his first solemn high mass; this gives the work its nickname, Dominicusmesse.[3] Leopold Mozart conducted the première on 15 October to a packed church in Salzburg;[4][5] it is thought that the success of this performance led to Wolfgang's first Italian tour.[6]

Due to its length, the mass is classified as a missa solemnis.[7] It is divided into six movements.

1. Kyrie Adagio, C major, common time

— "Kyrie eleison" Allegro, C major, 3/4

2. Gloria Allegro moderato, C major, 3/4

— "Laudamus te" Andante grazioso, F major, 2/4; soprano/alto duet
— "Gratias agimus tibi" Adagio, C major, common time
— "Propter magnam gloriam tuam" Allegro, C major, common time
— "Domine Deus" Un poco andante, G major, 3/4; tenor solo
— "Qui tollis peccata mundi" Un poco adagio, G minor, common time
— "Quoniam tu" Andante ma un poco Allegro, F major, 3/4; soprano solo
— "Cum Sancto Spiritu" Alla breve, C major, cut common time

3. Credo Molto allegro, C major, common time

— "Et incarnatus est" Adagio, F major, 3/4; soloists
— "Crucifixus" Adagio, C minor, common time
— "Et resurrexit" Molto allegro, C major, common time
— "Et in Spiritum Sanctum Dominum" Andante, G major, 3/4; tenor solo
— "Et in unam sanctam" Moderato, C major, common time
— "Et vitam venturi saeculi" Allegro, C major, 3/4

4. Sanctus Adagio, C major, common time

— "Pleni sunt coeli et terra" Allegro, C major, 3/4
— "Hosanna in excelsis" Moderato, C major, common time

5. Benedictus Allegro moderato, G major, common time; soloists

— "Hosanna in excelsis" Moderato, C major, common time

6. Agnus Dei Allegro moderato, C major, common time

— "Dona nobis pacem" Allegro, C major, 3/8


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