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Missa brevis, Op 50

composer
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 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

Recordings

Leighton: Cathedral Music
CDH55195

Details

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

Track-specific metadata for CDA66489 track 4

Benedictus
Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-91-48904
Duration
1'42
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 4
    Release date: July 1992
    Deletion date: January 2005
    Superseded by CDH55195
  2. Leighton: Cathedral Music (CDH55195)
    Disc 1 Track 4
    Release date: February 2005
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