Sunday, 31 October 2010
|Entrance||Holy God, we praise thy name|
|Kyrie||Kyrie for 3 voices, adapted from Byrd (mcb)|
|Gloria||Mass of the Creator Spirit (Ed Nowak)|
|Psalm||Ps 23 (David Saint)|
|Gospel Acclamation||Salisbury Alleluia (Christopher Walker)|
|Preparation of the Gifts||Justorum Animae (Plainchant & Richard Terry, 1865-1938)|
|Sanctus, Acclamation, Amen||Mass of Creation (Marty Haugen)|
|Agnus Dei||Mass XVIII & Missa O Quam Gloriosum (Victoria)|
|Communion||Come to me (Martin Barry/Diane Murden)|
|Postcommunion||O Quam Gloriosum (T.L de Victoria, 1548-1611)|
|Recessional||For all the saints|
A musical banquet for our celebration of the feast day, including movements from Byrd’s Mass for three voices, and from Victoria’s Missa O Quam Gloriosum. In both items the people had a sung role though, with the Kyrie adapted for responsorial use in the third form of the Penitential Rite, and the Agnus Dei flanked by the first and last lines of the plainchant Mass XVIII.
Richard Terry’s Justorum Animae strikes a very different tone from all the serene polyphony, with the baritone solo (beautifully sung tutti by the men of the choir) loaded with brooding Romantic expression. The choral ending on the words illi autem sunt in pace (for they are in peace), complete with gentle treble solo, brought us back to serenity.
We preceded Terry’s setting with the same lines sung to plainchant from the Graduale, sung this time by the women of the choir.
All that and the Mass of Creation too… To my mind, it’s important to programme a range of musical styles and genres: not just in the hope that everybody present might find something which speaks to them in the language of prayer, but also as a way to gently encourage people to find prayer in music which they might have found alienating if served up as an exclusive diet. All are welcome.