Missa brevis (Kodály, Zoltán)



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Publisher. Info. New York: Boosey & Hawkes, 1951. Plate B. & H. 16647.
Hawkes Pocket Scores, No.702.
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Publisher. Info. London: Boosey & Hawkes, 1947. Plate B. & H. 18179.
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Work Title Missa brevis
Alternative. Title
Composer Kodály, Zoltán
I-Catalogue NumberI-Cat. No. IZK 14
Movements/SectionsMov'ts/Sec's 8 movements:
I. Introitus
II. Kyrie
III. Gloria
IV. Credo
V. Sanctus
VI. Benedictus
VII. Agnus
VIII. Ite, Missa est
Year/Date of CompositionY/D of Comp. A: 1942-44
B: 1948
First Performance. A: 1945-02-11 in Budapest: Hungarian State Opera House
Júlia Orosz, Lilian Birkás, Livia Dobay, Mária Budanovits, László Nagypál, Imre Palló, János Fodor, Oszkár Maleczky, Mihály Székely (vv), Oláh Gusztáv (harm)

B: 1948-09-09 in Worcester: Worcester Cathedral (Three Choirs Festival)
Isabel Baillies, Eva Mitchell, Mary Jarred, William Herbert, Norman Walker (vv), Festival Choir, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Zoltán Kodály (conductor)
First Publication. A: 1947 - London: Boosey & Hawkes
B: 1950 - London: Boosey & Hawkes
Language Latin
Average DurationAvg. Duration 32 minutes
Composer Time PeriodComp. Period Early 20th century
Piece Style Early 20th century
Instrumentation A: voices, mixed chorus, organ (or harmonium)
B: voices, mixed chorus, orchestra
soprano, mezzo-soprano, alto, tenor, bass
Mixed Chorus (SATB)
3 flutes (3rd also piccolo), 2 oboes, 2 clarinets, 2 bassoons
4 horns, 3 trumpets, 3 trombones, tuba
timpani, organ (ad lib.), strings

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The organ mass was the first composed of the two versions. According to Grove Music, Kodaly "helped save people from persecution until he and his wife had to seek refuge in the cellar of a Budapest convent, where he completed the Missa brevis, a version for solo voices, chorus and orchestra of an earlier organ mass. He saw out the Battle of Budapest in the shelter of the opera house; the Missa brevis received its first performance in a cloakroom there."

Choral score has plate BH. Bk. 433. Chorus is given in an alternate choral version in the choral score, but at the end "Ite, Missa Est" "Original Organ Version" "Tacet" (that is, no choral contribution.)

Arguably in D minor or some D-modal (first movement is in D, one-flat, last movement is in D major.)