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Mass for Mixed Chorus and Double Wind Quintet

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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


Movements

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


Instrumentation

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

Mixed Chorus


Errata

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 appropiuate 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 Horowitz for Boosey & Hawkes


Commercial Discography


State Ratings

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Performances

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Works for Winds by this Composer


References

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