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Glagolitic Mass

The Glagolitic Mass (Leoš Janáček. The work was completed on 15 October 1926 and premiered by the Brno Arts Society, conducted by Jaroslav Kvapil, in Brno on 5 December 1927. Janáček revised the mass the next year.[1]

The Glagolitic Alphabet was an early Slavic alphabet, the predecessor of the modern Cyrillic alphabet.


  • Background 1
  • Structure 2
  • Orchestration 3
  • Recordings 4
  • In film 5
  • Other composers 6
  • References 7
  • External links 8


The text is in

  • "" Glagolitic text converter and transliterator
  • is useless"Glagolitic Mass"Janáček’s by Christopher Culver, about the infelicities in the compilation of the text (24 March 2005)
  • Hitchcock's Films Revisited by Robin Wood (discussion of the mass' pagan character), Columbia University Press, 1989. ISBN 978-0-231-06551-1
  • Janáček’s Glagolitic mess: Notes on the text of the Glagolitic Mass and pronunciation guide. Prepared for the ASOC by Keith Langston, UGA Dept. of Germanic and Slavic Studies

External links

  1. ^ Dr. Theodora Strakova, editing board of Critical Edition of the Complete Works of Janacek, Supraphon, Prague, 1992
    Mša glagolskaja (Glagolitic Mass), details
  2. ^ Paul Wingfield: Janácek: Glagolitic Mass (Cambridge Music Handbooks), 1992. ISBN 978-0-521-38901-3
  3. ^ [Decca Classical 1929- 2009 by Philip Stuart]
  4. ^ "Glagolitic Mass (Musical CD, 1985)". []. Retrieved 2011-11-14. 
  5. ^ "Glagolitische Messe Taras Bulba (Musical CD, 1991)". []. Retrieved 2011-11-14. 
  6. ^ "Glagolitic mass Taras Bulba (Musical CD, 1991)". []. Retrieved 2011-11-14. 
  7. ^ [Decca Classical 1929- 2009 by Philip Stuart]
  8. ^ [Decca Classical 1929- 2009 by Philip Stuart]


There are a few other compositions of this genre in existence. Other composers of a Glagolitic Mass include Wiedermann, and more recently, in the 1950s by the Czech polymath Jan Křesadlo. These glagolitic masses were perhaps romantic expressions of so-called pan-Slavism and that of Janáček, an agnostic, may also possibly be so regarded.

Other composers

The Glagolitic Mass was used for the music in the 1954 film Inauguration of the Pleasure Dome by director Kenneth Anger.

In film


The mass is scored for strings (1st & 2nd violins, violas, cellos, and double basses).


Although this version is considered the "standard" version performed today, research into Janáček's manuscripts suggests that the Intrada was intended to be played at the beginning of the work as well, creating a symmetric nine-movement form with the Vĕruju at its center. In addition, several other sections of the work were revealed to have been simplified in meter and orchestration. Some of the movements are reworkings of Janáček's earlier compositions: the Svet, for instance, is derived from the Sanctus of the composer's own Mass in E-flat.

  1. Úvod – Introduction (orchestra)
  2. Gospodi pomilujKyrie
  3. SlavaGloria
  4. VĕrujuCredo
  5. SvetSanctus
  6. Agneče BožijAgnus Dei
  7. Varhany sólo (Postludium) – Organ solo
  8. IntradaExodus

Its eight movements are:

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Janáček was a strong supporter of pan-Slavism, and this mass has been viewed as a celebration of Slavic culture.

Janáček had extensive experience working with perpetuo moto of wild energy. Janáček's Glagolitic Mass is considered one of the century's masterworks and is frequently performed and recorded today.


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