These are the sound files to help you practice at home - they are organised in sections of the work but large pieces of orchestra or solo have been cut out to save me the task of punching it all into my PC!. I'm not guaranteeing that they are 100% correct but consider finding any errors as part of the learning process. The soprano, alto, tenor and bass versions have got those parts highlighted. They are all midi files you can download by clicking on the icon. I've included all the choruses for anybody who wants to use this facility after we've finished with it.
PCs - right click the icon and "save target as" - but remember where you saved it to!
The score used was the Novello edition: ISBN 0-853100-236-0
The Mass in G Major was written early in 1815 when Franz Schubert was just 18 years old and first performed in the same year in the Viennese parish church of Lichtental. The soprano solo line was undoubtedly written for Therese Grob who Schubert adored.
The Mass has an intimate character heightened by the chamber scoring for three vocal soloists, a string orchestra and organ. There is a marked absence of lengthy polyphonic passages, no long instrumental interludes and no striking textual repetitions. In fact, it has been argued that the piece challenges the traditions of the Catholic Church, with many of the bolder religious references being deliberately understated, in marked contrast to other contemporary settings. This is exemplified by the Credo which is uncharacteristically set homophonically in four parts throughout. Several key religious phrases, for example when the choir describe Christ's birth ('Et incarnatus est'), are glossed over as the melody is carried by sections of the orchestra. There are also several textual omissions in the Gloria and Credo which have been variously interpreted as a mere oversight, a mistake, a local liturgical custom or indeed overt criticism by Schubert of certain ecclesiastical dogmas.
The piece ends not on an energetic finale but rather on a warmer, tender note with the Agnus Dei. Its melancholy and mournful melodies are enriched with profound harmonies which underscore the young composer's maturity. Wind parts were added to the Mass by Schubert's brother Ferdinand which was first published in Prague in 1846 and falsely attributed to Robert Führer.
1. Kyrie eleison
Kyrie eleison. Christe eleison. Kyrie eleison.
Lord, have mercy on us.
Christ, have mercy on us. Lord, have mercy on
Gloria in excelsis Deo et in
terra pax hominibus bonae voluntatis.
Glory to God in the
highest, and on earth peace to men of good will.
Credo in unum Deum: Patrem
omnipotentem, factorem coeli et terrae, visibilium omnium
et invisibilium. Et in unum Dominum Jesum Christe, Filium
Dei unigenitum, et ex Patre natum ante omnia saecula. Deum
de Deo, lumen de lumine, Deum verum de Deo vero, genitum,
non factum, consubstantialem Patri, pre quem omnia facta
sunt. Qui propter nos homines, et propter nostram salutem
descendit de coelis. Et incarnatus est de Spiritu Sancto
ex Maria Virgine et homo factus est. Crucifixus etiam pro
nobis sub Pontio Pilato, passus et sepultus est. Et
resurrexit tertia die, secundum Scripturas. Et ascendit in
coelum, sedet ad dexteram Patris. Et iterum venturus est
cum gloria judicare vivos et mortuos, cujus regni no erit
finis. Credo in Spiritum Sanctum, Dominum et vivificantem,
qui ex Patre et Filo procedit. Qui cum Patre et Filio
simul adoratus et conglorificatur: qui locutus est per
I believe in one God, the
Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth, and of all
things visible and invisible. And in one Lord Jesus
Christ, only-begotten Son of God, born of the Father
before the ages; God of God, light of light, true God of
true God; begotten, not made; consubstantial with the
Father; by Whom all things were made. Who for us men,
and for our salvation, came down from heaven; and was
Sanctus, Sanctus, Sanctus, Dominus Deus Saboath. Pleni sunt coeli et terra gloria tua. Osanna in exclesis.
Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord
God of hosts.
Benedictus qui venit in nomine Domini. Osanna in excelsis.
Blessed is He that cometh
in the name of the Lord.
6. Agnus Dei
Agnus Dei, qui tollis peccata
mundi, miserere nobis.
Lamb of God, Who takest
away the sins of the world, have mercy on us.