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Missa brevis, Op 50

1968; SATB unaccompanied; written for the Choir of Liverpool Cathedral
author of text
Ordinary of the Mass

The Missa brevis, Op 50, was written for the choir of Liverpool Cathedral and was published in 1968. It has become one of the most popular choral settings of the communion service by a contemporary composer and is regularly heard at cathedrals and churches throughout Britain and America. The five movements are ‘Kyrie eleison’, ‘Sanctus’, ‘Benedictus’, ‘Agnus Dei’ and ‘Gloria in excelsis Deo’. The order follows that of the Book of Common Prayer in which the ‘Gloria’ is sung after communion.

from notes by William McVicker 1992


Leighton: Crucifixus & other choral works
Studio Master: CDA68039Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
Leighton: Cathedral Music


Movement 1: Kyrie eleison  Lord, have mercy upon us
Track 5 on CDA68039 [2'33]
Track 2 on CDH55195 [2'32]
Movement 2: Sanctus  Holy, holy, holy Lord God of hosts
Track 6 on CDA68039 [1'12]
Track 3 on CDH55195 [1'36]
Movement 3: Benedictus  Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord
Track 7 on CDA68039 [1'42]
Track 4 on CDH55195 [1'42]
Movement 4: Agnus Dei  O Lamb of God, that takest away the sins of the world
Track 8 on CDA68039 [3'28]
Track 5 on CDH55195 [3'38]
Movement 5: Gloria in excelsis Deo  Glory be to God on high
Track 9 on CDA68039 [3'30]
Track 6 on CDH55195 [3'31]

Track-specific metadata for CDH55195 track 2

Kyrie eleison
Recording date
7 February 1991
Recording venue
St Paul's Cathedral, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Mark Brown
Recording engineer
Antony Howell
Hyperion usage
  1. Leighton: Cathedral Music (CDA66489)
    Disc 1 Track 2
    Release date: July 1992
    Deletion date: January 2005
    Superseded by CDH55195
  2. Leighton: Cathedral Music (CDH55195)
    Disc 1 Track 2
    Release date: February 2005
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