Messe brève no. 7 Aux chapelles - V : Agnus Dei
Mass in C Major - Messe breve en Do
This Agnus Dei is the fifth and last movement of Charles-François Gounod's Messe brève no. 7 Aux chapelles.
This Messe brève no. 7 was originally published in 1877 in a version for two equal voices with organ.
In 1890, Gounod rearranged it for soli, four-part mixed choir and organ and added the words Aux chapelles to the title.
This beautiful Agnus Dei opens with solo male voices singing a simple yet very lyrical melody.
Then the four-part choir enters, repeating and expanding this melody upwards to its summit, after which a descending cascade leads back downwards to the main melody.
The Agnus Dei then ends with the pleas for peace uttered in pianissimo chords.
Duration : 02:24
Source : Charles-François Gounod, Messes [Masses].
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