Missa Brevis (Dietrich Buxtehude)

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Complete work

  • (Posted 2023-12-25)  CPDL #78484: 
Full score:         Score information: A4, 19 pages, 764 kB   
Basso Continuo:   Score information: A4, 3 pages, 59 kB   
Editor: Gerd Eichler (submitted 2023-12-25).   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Transcribed from original manuscript. Original note values, Mensurstrich layout.
  • (Posted 2015-06-28)  CPDL #35917:  Network.png
Contributor: Paolo Pandolfo (submitted 2015-06-28).  Score information: A4, 30 pages, 2.44 MB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Scan of 1928 Bärenreiter Edition.
  • (Posted 2014-01-31)  CPDL #31154:      (Finale 2011)
Editor: Kurt Pages (submitted 2014-01-31).   Score information: A4, 16 pages, 287 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: New edition with basso continuo part according to the facsimiles of the manuscript parts from the Duben Collection, Uppsala. The values of the notes were kept, the original C clefs of the soprano II, alto and tenor parts are transformed into G clefs.
  • (Posted 2009-01-01)  CPDL #18698:  Network.png
Editor: Shigekazu Nimura (submitted 2009-01-01).   Score information: A4, 20 pages, 405 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: Kyrie and Gloria with basso continuo part.

Individual movements

  • (Posted 2002-02-23)  CPDL #03280:   
Editor: Helmut Kickton (submitted 2002-02-23).   Score information: A4, 4 pages, 152 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: Kyrie only, no accompaniment.
  • (Posted 2002-02-23)  CPDL #03279:   
Editor: Helmut Kickton (submitted 2002-02-23).   Score information: A4, 8 pages, 80 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: Gloria only, no accompaniment.

General Information


This work has been misattributed.
See notes for details and correct composer below.

Title: Missa alla brevis, BuxWV 114
Composer: Dietrich Buxtehude

Number of voices: 5vv   Voicing: SSATB
Genre: SacredMass

Languages: Greek, Latin
Instruments: A cappella or Basso continuo

First published:
Description: The ms. source is dated to c. 1675. The attribution to Buxtehude has sometimes been challenged, though it is accepted in Dieterich Buxtehude: The Collected Works, ed. K.J. Snyder, C. Wolff and others.
The work is written in the "Stile Antico", a compositional style that resembles the compositions of Palestrina and his contemporaries. This includes the use of long note values especially in the tripla sections. However, most modern editions hide this fact by halving and quartering the note values.

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Original text and translations

For information, refer to the Mass page. For texts and translations, see the individual pages: