Messe solennelle, H 20 (Berlioz, Hector)

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Resurrexit, H 20B

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Editor Charles Malherbe (1853–1911)
Felix Weingartner (1863–1942)
Publisher. Info. Hector Berlioz Werke, Serie IV, Band 7
Leipzig: Breitkopf und Härtel, 1900–07. Plate H.B. 23.
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For Mixed Chorus and Organ (Cowie)

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Arranger Catherine Cowie (b. 1972)
Publisher. Info. Catherine Cowie, 2020.
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Work Title Resurrexit, revised version, H 20B
Alternative. Title Messe solennelle, H 20A
Name Translations Торжественная месса; Messe solennelle; Урочиста меса; 荘厳ミサ曲
Name Aliases 荘厳ミサ(ベルリオーズ)
Authorities WorldCat; Wikipedia; VIAF: 186502340; LCCN: no95009532; GND: 300391862; BNF: 13966754p
Composer Berlioz, Hector
Opus/Catalogue NumberOp./Cat. No. H 20
I-Catalogue NumberI-Cat. No. IHB 41
Key G minor – E major
Movements/SectionsMov'ts/Sec's 14 sections
  1. Introduction – attacca
  2. Kyrie
  3. Gloria
  4. Gratias
  5. Quoniam
  6. Credo
  7. Incarnatus
  8. Crucifixus
  9. Resurrexit
  10. Motet pour l’offertoire: Quis, similis tui?
  11. Sanctus
  12. O salutaris hostia
  13. Agnus Dei
  14. Domine, salvum fac regem nostrum
Year/Date of CompositionY/D of Comp. 1824 (Spring–December), rev. after July 1825, before May 1828 (Resurrexit)
First Performance. 1825-07-10 in Paris, St-Roch
Henri Valentino (conductor)
First Publication. 1902 (Resurrexit), 1994 (complete work)
Language Latin
Average DurationAvg. Duration 55 minutes (complete)
7 minutes (Resurrexit)
Composer Time PeriodComp. Period Romantic
Piece Style Romantic
Instrumentation Mixed Chorus and Orchestra
Piccolo (opt.), 2 flutes, 2 oboes, 2 clarinets (C) 2 bassoons,
4 horns, 4 trumpets, 3 trombones (ATB), serpente, buccin (or ophicléide),
timpani, cymbals Tamtam, Harps (opt.), strings
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Performed twice in the 1820s (the second time conducted by Berlioz himself, in St-Eustache on 22 November 1827), aside from the revised version of the Resurrexit, the parts and vocal scores of the Messe solennelle were destroyed by Berlioz, and the autograph manuscript of the full score given to a Belgian violinist and thought to be lost. The full score was only rediscovered in an organ gallery in Antwerp in 1991, and the work first published in the New Berlioz Edition in 1994, following the first modern performances and recordings late in 1993.

Publication History

Vocal score, BA 5463a, with piano reduction by Eike Wernhard.

Compositions and Literary Works by Hector Berlioz

Les francs-juges, H 23 · Benvenuto Cellini, H 76 · Les Troyens, H 133 · Béatrice et Bénédict, H 138


Symphonie fantastique, H 48 · Harold en Italie, H 68 · Roméo et Juliette, H 79 · Grande symphonie funèbre et triomphale, H 80

Concert Overtures

Grande ouverture de Waverley, H 26 · Grande ouverture du Roi Lear, H 53 · Intrata di Rob-Roy MacGregor, H 54 · Le carnaval romain, H 95 · Le Corsaire, H 101

Liturgical works

Messe solennelle, H 20 · Grande messe des morts, H 75 · Te Deum, H 118

Other choral works

Lélio, ou le retour à la vie, H 55 · La damnation de Faust, H 111 · Tristia, H 119 · Vox populi, H 120 · L’enfance du Christ, H 130

Songs and cantatas

Herminie, H 29 · Cléopâtre, H 36 · Irlande, H 38 · Les nuits d’été, H 81 · Feuillets d’album, H 121 · Fleurs des landes, H 124


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