Missa Brevis No. 2
1. Kyrie & Sanctus


Missa Brevis No. 2 includes the four movements Kyrie, Sanctus, Benedictus and Agnus Dei. They are published in two booklets:  this one (Kyrie and Sanctus) and the companion (Benedictus and Agnus Dei) which is available as a separate Hal Leonard publication.

The compositional “DNA” that runs through the work makes it very satisfying to perform in its entirety, and I encourage you to do that. However, each of the movements or grouping of two movements are complete in themselves, making it possible to excerpt one or two movements for concert or liturgical purposes.


Peter Robb

For a comprehensive resource of pronunciation, translations, context and historical background of liturgical Latin, see Translations and Annotations of Choral Repertoire. Volume 1: Sacred Latin Texts by Ron Jeffers.

Voicing: SSA
Duration: 7'40"
Level: M
Instrumentation: Piano

Concert anchor, colorful harmony, emotive text painting, exciting piano. Flowing unison lines mix with gentle close harmonic writing.


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Sung in Latin (Translation in italics)

Kyrie eleison                        Lord have mercy
Christe eleison                    Christ have mercy,
Kyrie eleison                       Lord have mercy.

Sanctus, sanctus, sanctus  Holy, holy, holy
Dominus Deus Sabaoth      Lord God of Sabaoth
Pleni sunt ceoli et terra       Heaven and earth are full of your glory
              gloria tua
Hosanna in excelsis            Hosanna in the highest.