Kyrie is a 6 minute composition for SATB chorus (with occasional divisi) and piano based on the texts of the Kyrie and Agnus Dei from the Ordinary of the Mass.

The texts and translation are as follows:

Kyrie eleison.
Christe eleison.
Agnus Dei, qui tollis peccata mundi,
miserere nobis. Dona nobis pacem.
Kyrie eleison.

Lord, have mercy on us.
Christ, have mercy on us.
Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world,
Have mercy on us. Grant us peace.
Lord, have mercy on us.

The setting for “Dona nobis pacem” stands in stark contrast to the tranquility traditionally associated with that text. It seemed appropriate to the composer to set the texts as though the penitents have not received the peace they seek. After all, if they had, why would they still plead for it? In this sense, Kyrie continues the tradition of certain Psalms, ending in anticipation of a divine response.

As of March 16, 2024, I am releasing this composition into the Public Domain (CC0 1.0). It is the Lord’s.

MP3 Sample Recording

This MP3 sample recording is a “MIDI realization,” which of course means that some of the timbres are obnoxious (especially the voices). But any recording is better than nothing, so for now this will have to do.

If you make a live recording (or better MP3s) you’re willing to share here, please email “music” at this website. Naturally I’d love to know about performances also, but the music is public domain regardless.

PDF Score

MusicXML Score File

PLEASE NOTE: When you import this into any music engraving software, it will not look great, but will save you TONS of time if you want to make derivative works, change the keys, etc. Let me know if you want to share your new versions, and I can post them here for others. Contact me directly if you want the full Sibelius music file.

Download the MusicXML (.xml) score file.

Revision History

This is the first version and no revisions/updates have been posted yet.

music, classical, compositions by Mark Feezell, choir, piano, worship


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