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Kodaly Missa Brevis

Recorded on their 1997 European tour in Northern Italy and Germany, the Choir of Ormond College sings Kodaly's 'Missa Brevi s' and pieces by Tye, Howell and Bach.

Recorded on the choir's recent European tour, this CD features Kodály's magnificent 'Missa Brevis', Christopher Tye's 'Missa Euge Bone', Herbert Howells' 'Three Latin Church Motets' and Bach's motet for double choir 'Der Geist hilft unser Schwachheit'.

Kodály's 'Missa Brevis', composed in the dark years of World War II, with its haunting melodies reflects both the horror of the period and Kodály's understanding of the capabilities of the voice. Soaring and penetratingly beautiful solos are combined with sections for the full choir to create drama and passion.

The 'Missa Brevis' was recorded in the stunning acoustics of the 17th century Martinskirche, near Lake Constance in Southern Germany with accompaniment provided by organist Thomas Heywood, on a wonderful new Rieger organ.

The Tye, Howells and Bach were recorded in the 15th century Santa Maria Bressanoro in Northern Italy.


Choir of Ormond College

Since its inception in 1982 under the direction of Douglas Lawrence, the Choir of Ormond College has become the first Australian choir to receive ongoing international recognition.

Douglas Lawrence

Melbourne organist Douglas Lawrence is Director of Music at The Scots' Church and Teacher of the Organ at the University of Melbourne and was the founding director of Choir of Ormond College, a position he held from 1982 to 2006.

Press quotes

“Throughout this seldom recorded repertoire, the choir exhibits good intonation, particularly in the a capella works, and a real sense of artistry, bringing a crisp and precise style to bear on this often difficult music. Kodály's mighty 'Missa Brevis', composed in 1944, gives the choir ample opportunity to showcase its excellent solo singers.”

State of the Arts

“the highlight of the disc - a beautifully modulated and expressive performance of Bach's joyous motet 'Der Geist hilft unser Schwachheit' ...With no reservations, this is a disc to delight lovers of fine choral singing.”

— Bill Hoffmann, The Canberra Times

Audio preview

Track Listing

    Missa Euge Bone Christopher Tye

  1. Kyrie Octavi Toni
  2. Gloria
  3. Credo
  4. Sanctus et Benedictus
  5. Agnus Dei (four verses)
  6. Three Latin Church Motets Herbert Howells

  7. Salve Regina
  8. Regina Coeli
  9. Nunc Dimitis
  10. The motet for double choir Der Geist hilft unser Schwachheit auf Johann Sebastian Bach

  11. Verse 1
  12. Verse 2
  13. Chorale
  14. Missa Brevis Zoltán Kodály

  15. Introitus
  16. Kyrie
  17. Gloria
  18. Credo
  19. Sanctus
  20. Benedictus
  21. Agnus Dei
  22. Ite Missa est



Johann Sebastian Bach

Johann Sebastian Bach was a German composer, organist, harpsichordist, violist, and violinist whose sacred and secular works for choir, orchestra, and solo instruments drew together the strands of the Baroque period and brought it to its ultimate maturity.

Where to buy

Kodaly Missa Brevis is available for download from the iTunes Music Store.
It's available for streaming through Apple Music.

Kodaly Missa Brevis is available as as CD. It can be purchased online through Buywell Music or the Australian Music Centre which both offer secure online ordering.

Move CDs can be ordered through music retailers across Australia including Readings.

Product details

List price
$25.00 AUD
Vaughan McAlley
Vaughan McAlley
Release date
© 1998 Move Records
℗ 1998 Move Records
Choral, Classical
Catalogue number
MD 3201
Alternate catalogue number
EAN 9314574320121