Missa Salisburgensis (Heinrich Biber)

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Vocal score: Kyrie

  • CPDL #15737:   
Editor: Philip Legge (submitted 2008-01-01).   Score information: A4, 27 pages, 307 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: Vocal score of the Kyrie only. Other movements will be attempted gradually.

Full score and parts: Kyrie

  • CPDL #16370:  (Sibelius 5 file currently unavailable)
Editor: Philip Legge (submitted 2008-03-16).   Score information: A3, 12 pages, 552 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: Full score of the Kyrie only.
  • CPDL #16369:   
Editor: Philip Legge (submitted 2008-03-16).   Score information: A4, 61 pages, 890 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: Parts for the Kyrie only.

General Information

Title: Missa Salisburgensis à 54
Composer: Heinrich Biber

Number of voices: 16vv   Voicing: SSAATTBB.SSAATTBB
Genre: SacredMass

Languages: Greek, Latin
Instruments: orchestra: 2 string groups (2 violins, 4 violas each), 2 descant recorders, treble and tenor recorders, 2 oboes, 2 trumpets, 2 cornetti, 3 trombones, 2 trumpet groups (4 trumpets, timpani each), 2 organs, continuo


Published: Denkmäler der Tonkunst in Österreich, Band 20 (Vienna, 1903) edited by Guido Adler; attributed there to Orazio Benevoli (1628).

Description: This mass and the accompanying hymn Plaudite tympana were composed by Biber in 1682 for the 1100th anniversary of the founding of the archbishopric of Salzburg by Saint Rupert. The vocal and instrumental forces comprise 16 solo and ripieno voice parts, and at least 38 instruments (the continuo is assumed to include a bass viol amongst other bass instruments, and possibly another keyboard instrument in addition to the two organs).

The score survives as a manuscript inscribed on massive 80 centimetre tall pages. From the time of its rediscovery in the late 19th century the work was attributed to the early 17th century composer Orazio Benevoli (who would have been 23 years old at the assumed date of composition), or the later Salzburg composer Andreas Hofer, however the noted Biber scholar Ernst Hintermaier showed in the 1970s that Biber is the only possible composer of the work.

External websites: Wikipedia entry on the Missa Salisburgensis

Original text and translations

For information, refer to the Mass page. For texts and translations, see the individual pages:

KyrieGloriaCredoSanctus & BenedictusAgnus Dei