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The following is a list of musical works, which are examples of those written to the glory of St Cecilia (St Caecilia) from around 600 AD until the present day. It should be noted where, in the list, alternative spellings of composers’ surnames are provided, where this applies, this is to facilitate search engines accessing this page:

Year of

Comments Composer Title of Work
600 A collection of masses completed about the end of the fifth century - in fact, no less than five different masses are found in honor of Cecilia. These are believed to be completed by Romans of the time. Anon. Sacramentarium Leoniam
1570 Approx Year of Composition di Lasso, Orlando Cantantibus Organis Caecilia Virgo
1680 The year of composition is only approximate, as it was written for Marie de Lorraine, Duchesse de Guise, whom Charpentier served between 1672 and 1688. The style is influenced by Giacomo Carissimi, who also influenced other works and oratorios. Listen to recording extract on this website - click here to access Charpentier, Marc-Antoine Caecilia, Virgo et Martyr
1683 Purcell, Henry Laudate Caeciliam
1692 Listen to recording extract on this website - click here to access Purcell, Henry Ode on St Cecilia's Day
1720 Scarlatti, Alessandro Messa di Santa Cecilia
1736 Written to celebrate St Cecilia's Day - only passing reference to St Cecilia is in third last chorus - First Performed in 1736 - Revised later by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart in 1790 Händel, Georg Friedric (or Handel or Haendel) Alexander's Feast
1736 Original Year of Publication - published jointly with Alexander's Feast - First Performed 1739 - Revised later by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart in 1790 Händel, Georg Friedric (or Handel or Haendel) Ode for St Cecilia's Day
1773 Haydn’s St Cecilia Mass was originally composed in honor of the Blessed Virgin Mary for the shrine at Mariazell (Missa Cellensis in Honorem Beatissimae Virginis Mariae). It is thought that a later performance on St Cecilia’s Day in Vienna may account for its other title. It exists in two versions. The earlier one dates from 1766 and includes only the Kyrie and Gloria. The later version of 1773 includes the entire Mass Ordinary and is the lengthiest of Haydn’s masses, comparable in scale to Bach’s B minor Mass or Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis. Haydn, Franz Josef St Cecilia Mass
1855 Year of Original Version Gounod, Charles Messe solennelle (Sainte-Cécile)
1862 The date of composition is a guess, based on the fact that this was the year the composer was the joint founder of the St Cecilia's Society in Gries, Austria and also the fact that it is his Opus 60. The location of this society was later transferred to Bozen where the composer was organist. Franz Schöpf lived from 1836 to 1915. There are other works honouring St Cecilia by other composers in the St Cecilia's Society, however the information surrounding this is somewhat scant. Schöpf, Franz (or Schopf or Schoepf) Caecili-Messe
1874 Listen to recording extract on this website - click here to access Liszt, Franz Sainte Cécile. Légende
1879 Liszt, Franz Cantantibus Organis
1885 Approx Year of Composition Liszt, Franz Sancta Caecilia
1889 Parry, Charles Hubert Hastings Ode on St Cecilia's Day
1934 This is an example of an opera written in honour of Saint Caecilia in more modern times. Refice, Licinio Cecilia
1941 This demonstrates that music glorifying Saint Caecilia does not only come from the classical side of music, but also from what we now describe as popular music as well. Andrews Sisters The Shrine of St. Cecilia
1942 Listen to recording extract on this website - click here to access Britten, Benjamin Hymn to St. Cecilia
1947 Listen to recording extract on this website - click here to access Finzi, Gerald For St. Cecilia
1960 Howells, Herbert A Hymn for St. Cecilia
1984 Sankta Cecilia is the title of a 1984 Swedish hit song sung by Lotta Pedersen and Göran Folkestad at the Swedish Melodifestivalen 1984 Pedersen, Lotte and Folkestad, Göran (Goran) Sankta Cecilia
2007 The American pop-rock band Jars of Clay opened their 2007 Christmas Songs album with this instrumental track . Jars of Clay The Gift of St. Cecilia
2010 The goal of the composers was to set this bilingual Mass setting to music that was user friendly yet fun, especially for guitar, the main instrument for Hispanic choirs. The chords, structure and keys are very simple, making it easy to play. The syncopation also makes it fun and a little more interesting. It may take a rehearsal or two to learn the verses to the Gloria but once you've got it, it's fun. We feel that we found a happy medium. The Mass can be performed very simply with guitar and/or piano, but can also be built upon with an array of instruments. López, Rodolfo and Estela (also Lopez or Garcia-Lopez or García-López) Missa Santa Cecilia

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