Messa di Santa Cecilia

Alessandro Scarlatti

Messa di Santa Cecilia in A major

“St. Cecilia Mass”

About this work...

The Messa di Santa Cecilia was composed by Scarlatti for Cardinal Acquaviva for performance on St. Cecilia's Day. St. Cecilia is the patron saint of music, and it was customary to compose new pieces for her namesday. This mass is said to prefigure Bach's "Mass in b minor" in its solemnity, as well as contain structural... read more