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Friday, July 24, 2009
Choosing Music for a Tridentine Nuptial Mass
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I have recently been following a discussion over which music to include in a Traditional Nuptial Mass. I have heard a few varying recommendations that I would like to pass along. Please include your recommendation in the comments. What Kyrie, Credo, Sanctus, etc. would your idea nuptial Mass include...

Updated: It has also been recommended to me that those preparing for a Nuptial High Mass should read the Guideline for Liturgies Services for the Nuptial High Mass (.pdf) available on the website of Sancta Missa.

Kyrie:

Kyrie II


Kyrie IV

Credo: 

Palestrina's Missa Papae Marcelli or Credo IV if the choir is unable to sing the first choice


Palestrina's Missa Papae Marcelli


Credo IV

Sanctus:


Sanctus IV

Recommendation from a Blog Reader:

I wish to aid you in this effort by mentioning that the Mozart requiem Mass is not the first thing that comes to mind for a nuptial Mass. The Sanctus for that Mass would work, but the Kyrie and Agnus dei seem a little too mounrful. The C minor's solemnity is better suited to the occasion, though it is incomplete. You might want to add Haydn's Kleine Orgelmesse to the list. It clips along at a nice pace and is decently suited to the character of the liturgy.

Polyphonic settings are always a plus and preferred by the Church. In general, I try to avoid symphonic settings, though for a wedding, something out of the ordinary would be nice. One thing I learned while in Chicago [at the Sacred Music Colloquium] is that symphonic Masses are NOT suited to a Novus Ordo Mass. There is so little liturgical action that the priest finds himself waiting for the music to end. Back to polyphonic Masses, one that I sang recently that is very well done is the Mass for five voices by Byrd. I tried looking for it on Youtube to no avail. Perhaps you will fare better. Schubert is lovely but I hesitate to recommend it as he makes inappropriate textual changes (leaves out a portion of the Credo and includes the intonation for the Gloria).

God bless,
Daniel

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