Missa Brevis Op16
Not without its challenges to singers and organist, this brief
Mass setting was inspired by a small group of professional singers.
Although suitable for concert performance, the work, with its
various moods, colours, textures and mystical elements, was conceived
specifically to fit into a liturgical context.
The music is understated, expectant and mysterious.
Rhythmically lithe, the music is ebullient with a light touch,
ending triumphantly in A major.
The music of the Sanctus is turbulent and jubilant. The music
of the Benedictus is lyrical, becoming more mysterious, and ending
with a whispered Hosanna - the echo of a distant triumph.
The music is lyrical, gently lilting, tinged with melancholy,
ending, as do all the sections, with a quizzical organ chord.
Duration: about 10 minutes
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from The Wynstay Press - price £11.00 (choir copies - £4.00)