Mass in C major, K. 167 "in honorem Sanctissimae Trinitatis"

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The Missa in honorem Sanctissimae Trinitatis in C major, K. 167, is a mass composed by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart in June 1773.[1] It is scored for SATB choir, violin I and II, 2 oboes, 2 clarini (high trumpets), 2 trumpets, timpani and basso continuo.

Missa solemnis in C major
"in honorem Sanctissimae Trinitatis"
Mass by W. A. Mozart
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Salzburg's Trinity Church, engraving, c. 1735
KeyC major
CatalogueK. 167
Composed1773 (1773): Salzburg
VocalSATB choir

A solemn mass,[2] its name ("in honour of the Most Holy Trinity") and date indicate that it was likely to have been composed for Trinity Sunday, for use in Salzburg's Dreifaltigkeitskirche [de] (Trinity Church).[3] This is Mozart's only wholly choral mass setting, excluding all solo vocalists.[3][4] Einstein contends that this may have been done in order to achieve brevity, following the directive of Archbishop Colloredo.[5]

The work consists of six movements. Performances take 25–30 minutes.

  1. Kyrie Allegro, C major, common time
  2. Gloria Allegro, C major, 3/4
  3. Credo Allegro, C major, common time
    "Et incarnatus est" Adagio, C major, common time
    "Et resurrexit" Allegro, C major, common time
    "Et in Spiritum Sanctum" Allegro, G major, 3/4
    "Et unam sanctam" Allegro, C major, common time
    "Et vitam venturi saeculi" Alla breve, C major, cut common time
  4. Sanctus Andante, C major, 3/4
    "Hosanna in excelsis" Allegro, C major, common time
  5. Benedictus Allegro, F major, common time
    "Hosanna in excelsis" Allegro, C major, common time
  6. Agnus Dei Adagio, C major, 3/4
    "Dona nobis pacem" Allegro moderato, C major, cut common time


  1. ^ Tyson, Alan (1987). Mozart: Studies of the Autograph Scores. p. 19.
  2. ^ Eisen, Cliff; Keefe, Simon, eds. (2006). The Cambridge Mozart Encyclopedia. p. 271.
  3. ^ a b Sadie, Stanley (2006). Mozart: The Early Years 1756–1781. p. 307.
  4. ^ Abert, Hermann (1923). Eisen, Cliff (ed.). W. A. Mozart. Translated by Stewart Spencer. p. 264.
  5. ^ Einstein, Alfred (1945). Mozart: His Character, His Work. p. 332.

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