Schubert’s Mass in G: Kyrie

Back in the Spring I had the pleasure of singing Schubert’s Mass in G with a local choir, Harvard Pro Musica (Harvard the inland rural Massachusetts town, not the University.) I wish I could insert our performance, but I’d rather not pay for the audio embedding add-on. I’ll just use some other choir’s YouTube version.

Below is the Kyrie, sung in the traditional Greek. The words are Kyrie eleision, Christe eleison, Kyrie eleison – Lord have mercy, Christ have mercy, Lord have mercy. It is part of the Penitential rite of the Mass and is often sung.

I’m not sure why this Greek fragment survived the translation of the Mass into Latin, and then into vernacular, but survive it did. It dates to the early days of the Roman Church when most Christians in the city were foreigners or slaves, all of whom would have been more comfortable speaking demotic Greek than Latin. The Greek fragment also survives in the Maronite Mass.

Anyway, here it is. Enjoy.

 

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