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Missa Latina is a classical music composition written by the Puerto Rican composer Roberto Sierra. The work was written for SATB chorus with two soloists (one baritone and one soprano), and a symphonic orchestra. It was co-commissioned by the National Symphony Orchestra and The Choral Arts Society of Washington and was written through 2003-2005. It premiered in 2006 at Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., and was also performed in the 51st Casals Festival in Puerto Rico. The Washington Times judged it "the most significant symphonic premiere in the District since the late Benjamin Britten's stunning War Requiem was first performed in the still-unfinished Washington National Cathedral in the late 1960s."[1]

The Missa Latina, sometimes subtitled "Pro Pax" or "Pro Pace" (English: "For Peace"), has seven movements:

  • 1. Introitus (The Entrance, Introduction; Sirach 36:18, Psalm 121:1)
  • 2. Kyrie (Lord, have mercy)
  • 3. Gloria (Glory)
  • 4. Credo (Credo)
  • 5. Offertorium (Offertory, Psalm 121:6-9)
  • 6. Santus (Holy)
  • 7. Agnus Dei (Lamb of God) (pronounced in Latin Añus Dei)


The work was recorded for commercial CD release on the Naxos label by the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra and Chorus in October 2008. In 2009 Missa Latina was nominated for a GRAMMY for best contemporary composition.Template:Classical-composition-stub

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