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Missa brevis, Op 50

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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 heard here 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: Cathedral Music
CDH55195Helios (Hyperion's budget label)


Movement 1: Kyrie eleison
Track 2 on CDH55195 [2'32] Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
Movement 2: Sanctus  Holy, holy, holy Lord God of hosts
Track 3 on CDH55195 [1'36] Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
Movement 3: Benedictus  Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord
Track 4 on CDH55195 [1'42] Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
Movement 4: Agnus Dei  O Lamb of God, that takest away the sins of the world
Track 5 on CDH55195 [3'38] Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
Movement 5: Gloria in excelsis Deo  Glory be to God on high
Track 6 on CDH55195 [3'31] Helios (Hyperion's budget label)

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