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Sanctus (Schubert)

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Franz Schubert

Franz Schubert (trans. James Curnow)

Subtitle: From German Mass in D

General Info

Year: 1827 / 1996
Duration: c.
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Organ and choir
Publisher: Curnow Music Press through Hal Leonard
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $54.00   |   Score Only (print) - $11.00


Full Score
Flute (Piccolo)
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
E-flat Alto Clarinet
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II
Trombone I-II-III
Bass Trombone
String Bass
Timpani (optional)
Percussion, including:

  • Bells


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

The great Austrian composer Franz Schubert (1797-1828) was a supreme melodist and master of lieder. This transcription is based on the Sanctus (“Holy, Holy, Holy”) from his German Mass in F for four-part choir, and lends itself well to the expressive qualities of the modern brass quintet.

- Program Note from publisher

The Deutsche Messe (German Mass), D 872, is a hymn-cycle by Franz Schubert written in 1827. Neither a Mass nor strictly speaking German, it was published in Vienna as what it is: Gesänge zur Feier des heiligen Opfers der Messe (Hymns for the Celebration of the Holy Offering of Mass). It sets a sequence of eight non-liturgical German poems by Johann Philipp Neumann, who commissioned Schubert's music, one or more of which could be used separately during Mass.

The cycle's original scoring was plain: SATB choir with organ accompaniment. Decades after Schubert died, a grander edition was published: SATB choir, 2 oboes, 2 clarinets, 2 bassoons, 2 horns, 2 trumpets, 3 trombones, timpani and basso continuo. Besides the now standard misnomer Deutsche Messe, the cycle is also sometimes called the Wind Mass due to the preponderance of wind instruments in this just-listed orchestration.

- Program Note from Wikipedia


State Ratings

  • Virginia: III
  • Wisconsin: Event 3000 Concert Band Grade C
  • West Virginia: III


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