Schubert: Mass in G Major, D 167

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  • Composer: Franz Schubert
  • Instrumentation (this edition): Piano Reduction, SATB Choir
  • Originally for: Organ, SATB Choir, String Orchestra
  • Work: Mass No. 2 in G Major, D 167
  • Work Language: Latin
  • ISMN: 9790007089375
  • Size: 7.5 x 10.6 inches
  • Pages: 40
  • Urtext / Critical Edition


Franz Schubert's Mass in G Major is one of the most popular settings of the mass ordinary: the charming song-like melodic writing, especially in the Kyrie and the Credo, forms a magical counterpoint to more concertante passages in the Gloria and the Sanctus. for a long time it was thought that Schubert's final version was scored for purely string orchestra, whilst a version with wind, brass, and timpani was thought to be an expanded orchestration by his brother Ferdinand Schubert. However, since the mid-1990s it has been known that the parts for trumpets and timpani were additionally composed by Franz Schubert himself for use "ad libitum". The present edition offers this "Klosterneuburg Version" – with trumpets and timpani ad libitum, but without Ferdinand's wind parts – in an Urtext edition reflecting Schubert's own intended orchestration.