Mass for Mixed Chorus and Double Wind Quintet

From Wind Repertory Project
Igor Stravinsky

Igor Stravinsky

General Info

Year: 1948
Duration: c. 20:00
Difficulty: VI (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Boosey & Hawkes
Cost: Score and Parts - Rental  |   Score Only - $37.67


1. Kyrie - 2:37
2. Gloria - 3:56
3. Credo - 4:25
4. Sanctus - 3:17
5. Agnus Dei - 2:55


Full Score
Oboe I-II
English Horn
Bassoon I-II
B-flat Trumpet I-II
Trombone I-II-III

Mixed Chorus


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Stravinsky's Mass acts as an antithesis to the heavily decorative style of Mozart; this work uses sparse instrumental resources and a four-part choir. Stravinsky's characteristic compositional techniques are evident, including frequently changing time signatures and an emphasis on rhythmic, rather than melodic, motives. This work is best performed in a church or cathedral by a seasoned ensemble with a solid understanding of appropriate performance practices associated with masses.

- Program Note from Great Music for Wind Band

Among Stravinsky's religious choral works, the Mass sits in between the more robust Symphony of Psalms and the later, more esoteric serial compositions. He had come across some Mozart masses in a second-hand bookstore in Los Angeles; "as I played through these rococo-operatic sweets-of-sin, I knew I had to write a Mass of my own, but a real one." That is, he intended to compose a Roman Catholic mass for actual church use. Stravinsky also wrote: "Religious music without religion is almost always vulgar."

- Program Note by Joseph Horovitz for Boosey & Hawkes


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Works for Winds by This Composer


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