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Mozart's Coronation Mass


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Collegiate United Methodist Church / Wesley Foundation's 35-voice Chancel Choir will perform Mozart's Coronation Mass, K. 317 at both services on Sunday, April 8. This mass will be part of the communion services scheduled for that day, and its movements (Kyrie eleison, Gloria in excelsis Deo, Credo, Sanctus and Agnus Dei) will be performed at the appropriate times during the liturgy.

All are invited, and all may take Communion if they choose to do so.

The Coronation Mass, composed in 1779, is one of the most popular of Mozart’s 17 settings of the Ordinary of the Mass. The mass seems to have acquired the nickname “Coronation” at the Imperial Court in Vienna in the early nineteenth century, after becoming the preferred music for royal and imperial coronations as well as services of thanksgiving.

The Mass is scored for chorus, solo quartet, and orchestra of strings, two oboes, two trumpets, timpani, and bass. The chamber orchestra consists of members of the Des Moines Symphony and ISU faculty and students. The Chancel Choir is directed by Carl O. Bleyle.