Messe des morts (Jean Gilles)

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Complete work

  • Training aids:   (all MIDIs zipped):  
Contributor: Roel Otten (submitted 2013-03-11).   Copyright: CPDL
  • (Posted 2017-02-26)  CPDL #43300:      (Finale 2014)
Editor: Wim Looyestijn (submitted 2017-02-26).   Score information: A4, 91 pages, 1.34 MB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: This version is based on the 1731 manuscript. Revised edition (2018-05-29); PDF includes separate instrumental parts.
  • (Posted 2017-03-10)  CPDL #43487:      (Finale 2014)
Editor: Wim Looyestijn (submitted 2017-03-10).   Score information: A4, 60 pages, 967 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: This edition after the 1762 source is a later, abbreviated, version of the 1731 score.

Individual movements

Lux aeterna

  • (Posted 2009-12-31)  CPDL #20726:        (Finale 2008)
Editor: Joachim Kelecom (submitted 2009-12-31).   Score information: A4, 3 pages, 102 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Arranged for bass solo and continuo from the original (bass solo, orchestra, SATBB choir)

General Information

Title: Messe des morts
Composer: Jean Gilles

Number of voices: 5vv   Voicing: SATBtB, with very brief bits for women's trio. B, S & T have the most prominent solos
Genre: SacredRequiem

Language: Latin
Instruments: 3 part strings with basso continuo; colla parte traverso or recorder are optional. The tympani heard on many recordings is from a late 18th c. reorchestration.

First published:
Description: See also Messe des morts (1731) (Jean Gilles) based on early source

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Original text and translations

For information, refer to the Requiem page. For texts and translations, see the individual pages:

Intr: RequiemKyrie • Tr: Absolve DomineDies irae • Off: Domine Jesu ChristeSanctus & BenedictusAgnus Dei • Comm: Lux aeterna