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Cecilia Mass is the common name of a solemn mass in G major by Charles Gounodcomposed in and scored for three soloists, mixed choir, orchestra and organ. Ceciliathe patron saint of music. The work was assigned CG 56 in the catalogue of the composer’s works. Cecilia Mass was his first major work. Parts of it, the Sanctus and Benedictusgounnod performed in London on 13 Januarytogether with works such as Mendelssohn’s Die erste Walpurgisnacht.

Gounod’s new music was acclaimed in the press, rendering details and culminating in an enthusiastic summary: The review was published in Paris and raised expectations. The premiere was performed on St.

Cecilia’s day, 22 Novemberin Saint-Eustache, Pariswhere it was customary to celebrate the day by the performance of a tounod mass. The Order of Mass is slightly extended. In the Gloria, the prayer miserere nobis have mercy on us is intensified by an added Domine Jesu Lord Jesus.


The mass has an instrumental offertory. In the Agnus Dei, the soloists sing between the three invocations the text ” Domine, non sum dignus ut intres sub tectum meum, sed tantum dic verbo, et sanabitur anima mea ” Lord, I am not worthy to receive you, but only say a word and I shall be healedsung once by the tenor, once by the soprano.

Messe solennelle de Sainte Cécile for soloists, chorus, orchestra & organ in G major

The movement ends with an added Amen. The soldnnelle have been criticized as not liturgically strict. The vocal parts of the mass are performed by three soloists soprano, tenor and bass and a choir of four parts, sometimes with divided tenor and bass. The soloists act mostly as an ensemble, without arias. Gounod scored the mass for a large orchestra, demanding six harps. In Gloria and Sanctus, he highlighted passages by pistons cornets[4] typical instruments of the romantic French orchestra.


In Benedictus and Agnus Dei, he was the first composer to use the newly developed octobassa string instrument of the violone family.

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He included the great organ, mostly in Grand jeu. Camille Saint-Saens commented after the premiere:.

This simplicity, this grandeur, this serene light which rose guonod the musical world like a breaking dawn, troubled people enormously. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. The American History and Encyclopedia of Music. Archived from the original PDF on 27 June Retrieved 22 September Retrieved 17 December Cecilia Mass Pontifical Anthem Gallia Walpurgisnacht Ballet Tavistock House.

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