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Mozart: Missa brevis in B-flat Major, K. 275 (272b)

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  • Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
  • Editor: Franz Beyer
  • Instrumentation (this edition): Piano Reduction, SATB Choir
  • Originally for: SATB Choir, Orchestra
  • Work Language: Latin
  • ISMN: 979-000418028-0
  • Size: 7.5 x 10.6 inches
  • Pages: 48
  • Urtext / Critical Edition


Mozart wrote the Missa brevis in B-flat major K. 275 in 1777. in keeping with the tradition of the genre, the movements are short and succinct. Mozart sometimes even further compresses the work by having different textual passages sung simultaneously. The orchestral scoring is also accordingly concentrated. Alfred Einstein described the expressive content of the mass as "intimate, lyrical, almost private" and characterized it on the other hand as "a work full of delicacy and conspicuous polyphony and, above all, of chromatic agitation and boldness."The autograph of the work is no longer extant.