TitelseiteDieterich Buxtehude (~1637-1707)
Missa alla brevis

for 5 voices and basso continuo

Preface Reviews [in German version] Sample page CDs [in German version] 2nd sample page Errata / Addenda Deutsche Version

Editor: Günter and Leonore von Zadow, publication date: 2008-03, introduction: Gunther Morche, source: RISM: S-Uu Vok. mus. i hskr. 6:16

Order information

G137D. Buxtehude, Missa alla brevis, BuxVW 114, choral score, minimum of 5, 5Sing, 20 p., ISMN 979-0-50174-137-33.50 €
G138D. Buxtehude, Missa alla brevis, BuxVW 114, edition for singing voices and b.c., 5Sing+Bc, full score with introduction, 5 choral scores, basso continuo, 124 p., ISMN 979-0-50174-138-024.80 €
G139D. Buxtehude, Missa alla brevis, BuxVW 114, edition for instrumental ensemble, 5Cons+Bc, full score with introduction, 6 parts, 56 p., ISMN 979-0-50174-139-717.50 €


A closer look at Buxtehude’s Mass, which consists of Kyrie and Gloria only, reveals a more instrumental than vocal concept. This speaks in favour of an instrumental setting – e. g. by a viol consort – as an advantageous and rewarding alternative to the setting by five singing voices or choir. Another variant scoring entirely usual at that time would have involved colla-parte doubling by several instruments, with each of the voice parts then possibly sung be multiple voices. Our editions allow for all above mentioned setting variants with or without basso continuo.

Errata / Addenda