for SATB chorus a cappella 16'
Dieses liturgische Werk stammt aus dem Jahr 1977 und enthält die Sätze Kyrie, Gloria, Sanctus, Agnus Dei und At the conclusion.
Die straffe Vertonung (mit zum Teil mehrfach geteilten Stimmen) enthält sowohl imitierende Stimmen als auch homophone Abschnitte und offenbart so den Einfluss der Meister der Polyphonie.
Eine ansprechende Bereicherung des Repertoires mit mittlerem Schwierigkeitsgrad, das aber sicher auch für professionelle Chöre lohnend ist.
This liturgical setting dates from 1977, but has recently been released by the composer. Latin text: Kyrie, Gloria, Sanctus, Agnus Dei, At the conclusion. Taut scoring (with some divisi) contains both homophonic sections and imitative part-writing, showing the influence of the polyphonic masters. For mixed choir a cappella with piano accompaniment for rehearsal only. An accessible addition to the repertoire for intermediate standard choirs, but one which professional standard groups will also find rewarding.
This short Mass setting was written when the composer was aged 17 and released for publication thirty years later in 2007. The style is imbued with the Renaissance and Baroque choral works that MacMillan was discovering with his school choir, as well as music by Britten and Kenneth Leighton with whom he started composition lessons around this time. The Kyrie seems to grow out of the world of the Byrd Four Part Mass, with beautifully interweaving parts creating that same sense of peaceful flow. The Gloria is slightly more challenging. More chordal in texture with Gabrieli-like antiphonal writing throwing the phrases between upper and lower voices. The harmony is quite rich, and reminds one strongly of Frank Martin’s glorious double choir Mass.
The whole effect of this Mass is music to aid contemplation and devotion. In its simplicity of means it speaks very directly to the listener. Vocally, it is not as simple as all that. There are some hurdles to leap in terms of reading, but the real challenge is in achieving the music line which so much of this music demands. This beautiful work should be very widely used.
Repertoire note by Paul Spicer
"...here is a definite addition to the repertoire - finely crafted, sensitively set, it should sit well alongside the essays of Walton, Berkeley etc."
World premiere incomplete
St Mary's Episcopal Cathedral, Edinburgh
Strathclyde University Chamber Choir / Alan Tavener
World premiere complete
Greyfriars Kirk, Edinburgh
Cappella Nova / Alan Tavener