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Michael Haydn's Missa Hispanica or Missa a due cori, Kletzler I:17, MH 422, was presumably written for Spain, but there is no evidence of its ever having been performed there during Haydn's lifetime. The mass is scored for 2 oboes, 2 bassoons, 2 horns in low C, F & G, 2 trumpets in C, timpani, strings, basso continuo, SATB soloists, and two mixed choirs.

The mass setting is divided into the usual six movements:

  1. "Kyrie" Largo, C major, common time
    —"Kyrie eleison" Allegro, 3/4
  2. "Gloria" Allegro con spirito, C major, common time
    —"Qui tollis peccata mundi..." Adagio, F major, 3/4
    —"Quoniam tu solus sanctus..." Vivace, C major, common time
  3. "Credo" Vivace, C major, 3/4
    —"Et incarnatus est..." Adagio molto, G major, 2/4
    —"Et resurrexit..." Allegro spiritoso, C major, 3/4
  4. "Sanctus" Andante con moto, C major, common time
  5. "Benedictus" Allegro moderato, C major, 3/4
    —"Osanna..." Allegro, C major, common time
  6. "Agnus Dei" Largo, C major, 3/4
    —"Dona nobis pacem..." Allegro con fuoco, C major, common time

The Austrian premiere was in Kremsmünster on June 24, 1792, a performance in Salzburg followed in 1796. When Empress Marie Therese visited Salzburg in 1805, she liked the music so much she wanted to have her own copy of the score.[1]


  1. p. 52 (2003) Rice


  • Rice (2003) John A. Cambridge Empress Marie Therese and music at the Viennese court, 1792 — 1807 Cambridge University Press
  • Sherman (1966) Charles H. Vienna Messa à 2 cori. Vocal score Foreword Haydn Mozart Presse


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