Missa Brevis No. 2
2. Benedictus & Agnus Dei


Missa Brevis No. 2 includes the four movements Kyrie, Sanctus, Benedictus and Agnus Dei. They are published in two booklets:  this one (Benedictus and Agnus Dei) and the companion (Kyrie and Sanctus) 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: 5'50"
Level: M
Instrumentation: Piano

Very gracious style, both to sing and to hear. Fully independent piano part. Solid high school treble choir and above.


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Sung in Latin (Translation in italics)

Benedictus qui venit      Blessed is the one who comes
In nomine Domini          in the name of the Lord.
Hosanna in excelsis.     Hosanna in the highest.

Agnus Dei
Agnus Dei                      Lamb of God,
qui tolis pecatta mundi  who takes away the sins of the world
Miserere nobis.             Have mercy on us.
Dona nobis pacem.       Grant us peace.