B Minor Mass Explorer

Introduction
Welcome to this 'Visual Studio' for Bach's Mass in B Minor, created for the occasion of my third singing of this masterpiece with Chorus Niagara in March of 2009.

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See also the older
Bach St.Matthew Passion Libretto
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Worship aNew,
both by the maker of this Explorer,
Henry de Jong

Structure
Bach's Mass in B Minor is divided by Bach into four parts with the Missa further split in two. Within these parts the movements are numbered here in the standard way and laid out to show their symmetry within each part.
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Missa: Kyrie

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1. Kyrie eleison

1. Kyrie eleison
Kyrie eleison.
Kyrie eleison.
Kyrie eleison.
Lord, have mercy upon us.
Lord, have mercy upon us.
Lord, have mercy upon us.

x3
 
Chorus:
SSATB

2. Christe eleison

2. Christe eleison
Christe eleison.
Christe eleison.
Christe eleison.
Christ, have mercy upon us.
Christ, have mercy upon us.
Christ, have mercy upon us.

x3
 
Duet:
SS

3. Kyrie eleison

3. Kyrie eleison
Kyrie eleison.
Kyrie eleison.
Kyrie eleison.
Lord, have mercy upon us.
Lord, have mercy upon us.
Lord, have mercy upon us.

x3
 
Chorus:
SATB

Missa: Gloria
4. Gloria in excelsis

4. Gloria in excelsis
Gloria in excelsis Deo.
Glory be to God on high.
Chorus:
SSATB

5. Et in terra pax

5. Et in terra pax
Et in terra pax hominibus bonae voluntatis.
And on earth peace to men of good will.
 
Chorus:
SSATB

6. Laudamus te

6. Laudamus te
Laudamus te,
benedicimus te,
adoramus te,
glorificamus te.
We praise thee,
we bless thee,
we worship thee,
we glorify thee.
 
 
Aria:
S

7. Gratias agimus tibi

7. Gratias agimus tibi
Gratias agimus tibi propter magnam gloriam tuam.
We thank thee for thy great glory.
 
 
 
Chorus:
SATB

8. Domine Deus

8. Domine Deus
Domine Deus, Rex coelestis,
Deus Pater omnipotens,
Domine Fili unigenite,
Jesu Christe altissime,
Domine Deus, Agnus Dei, Filius Patris.
Lord God, heavenly King,
Father Almighty,
O Lord, the only begotten Son,
Jesus Christ Highest,
Lord God, Lamb of God, son of the Father.
 
Duet:
ST

9. Qui tollis peccata mundi

9. Qui tollis peccata mundi
Qui tollis peccata mundi,
miserere nobis,
qui tollis peccata mundi,
suscipe deprecationem nostram.
Thou who takest away the sins of the world,
have mercy upon us,
Thou who takest away the sins of the world,
receive our prayer.
 
 
 
Chorus:
SATB

10. Qui sedes ad dextram Patris

10. Qui sedes ad dextram Patris
Qui sedes ad dextram Patris,
miserere nobis.
Thou that sittest at the right hand of God the Father,
have mercy upon us.
 
Aria:
A

11. Quoniam tu solus sanctus

11. Quoniam tu solus sanctus
Quoniam tu solus sanctus,
tu solus Dominus,
tu solus altissimus Jesu Christe.
For thou only art holy,
thou only art the Lord,
thou only, Christ, art most high.
 
Aria:
B

12. Cum Sancto Spiritu

12. Cum Sancto Spiritu
Cum Sancto Spiritu in gloria Dei Patris, Amen.
With the Holy Ghost in the glory of God the Father. Amen.
Chorus:
SATB

Symbolum Nicenum (Credo)
1-2. Credo - Patrem

1. Credo in unum Deum
Credo in unum Deum
I believe in one God
 
Chorus:
SSATB

2. Patrem omnipotentem
Patrem omnipotentem,
factorem coeli et terrae,
visibilium omnium et invisibilium.
The Father almighty,
maker of heaven and earth,
of all things visible and invisible.
 
Chorus:
SATB

3. Et in unum

3. Et in unum Dominum
Et in unum Dominum Jesum Christum,
Filium Dei unigenitum
et ex Patre natum ante omnia saecula.
Deum de Deo,
lumen de lumine,
Deum verum de Deo vero,
genitum, non factum consubstantialem Patri,
per quem omnia facta sunt.
Qui propter nos homines
et propter nostram salutem descendit de coelis.
And in one Lord Jesus Christ,
the only begotten Son of God
and of the Father born before all ages.
God from God,
light from light,
true God from true God,
begotten, not made, of one substance with the Father,
by whom all things were made.
Who for us men
and for our salvation descended from heaven.
 
Duet:
SA

4. Et incarnatus est

4. Et incarnatus est
Et incarnatus est
de Spiritu Sancto ex MAria: virgine,
et homo factus est.
And was made flesh
through the Holy Spirit of the Virgin Mary.
And was made man.
 
 
 
Chorus:
SSATB

5. Crucifixus

5. Crucifixus
Crucifixus etiam pro nobis
sub Pontio Pilato,
passus et sepultus est.
Crucified also for us
under Pontius Pilate,
suffered and was buried.
 
Chorus:
SATB

6. Et resurrexit

6. Et resurrexit
Et resurrexit tertia die
secundum scripturas,
et ascendit in coelum,
sedet ad dextram Dei Patris,
et iterum venturus est cum gloria,
judicare vivos et mortuos,
cuius regni non erit finis.
And he rose the third day,
according to Scriptures,
and ascended into heaven,
to sit at the right hand of the Father,
and is going to come again with glory,
to judge the living and dead,
of whose kingdom not will there be end.
 
 
Chorus:
SSATB

7. Et in Spiritum Sanctum

7. Et in Spiritum Sanctum Dominum
Et in Spiritum Sanctum Dominum et vivificantem,
qui ex Patre Filioque procedit;
qui cum Patre et Filio simul adoratur et conglorificatur;
qui locutus est per Prophetas.
Et unam sanctam catholicam et apostolicam ecclesiam.
And in the Holy Spirit, Lord and lifegiver,
who from the Father and Son proceeds;
who with Father and Son together is adored and glorified,
who spoke through the Prophets.
And one, holy, catholic and Apostolic Church.
 
Aria:
B

8-9. Confiteor - Et exspecto

8. Confiteor
Confiteor unum baptisma in remissionem peccatorum.
I confess one baptism for the remission of sins.
 
Chorus:
SSATB

9. Et exspecto
Et exspecto resurrectionem mortuorum
et vitam venturi saeculi, Amen.
And I expect the resurrection of the dead.
and life to come eternal. Amen.
Chorus:
SSATB

Sanctus
Sanctus I

Sanctus I
Sanctus, sanctus, sanctus
Dominus Deus Sabaoth
Holy, holy, holy,
Lord God of hosts.
 
Chorus:
SSAATB

Sanctus II

Sanctus II
Pleni sunt coeli et terra gloria eius.
Heaven and earth are full of Thy glory.
Chorus:
SSAATB

Ossanna, Benedictus, Agnus Dei et Dona nobis pacem
1. Ossanna in excelsis

1. Ossanna in excelsis
Osanna in excelsis
Hosanna in the highest
Chorus:
SATBSATB

2. Benedictus

2. Benedictus
Benedictus qui venit in nomine Domini.
Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.
 
 
 
Aria:
T

3. Ossanna in excelsis

3. Ossanna in excelsis
Osanna in excelsis
Hosanna in the highest
 
 
Chorus:
SATBSATB

4. Agnus De

4. Agnus Dei
Agnus Dei qui tollis peccata mundi,
miserere nobis.
O Lamb of God, that takes away the sins of the world,
have mercy upon us.
 
 
 
Aria:
A

5. Dona nobis pacem

5. Dona nobis pacem
Dona nobis pacem.
Grant us peace.
 
 
 
Chorus:
SATB