Sunday, 20 April 2014
|Entrance||Jesus Christ is Ris’n Today|
|Kyrie||Kyrie for 3 voices adapted from Byrd (mcb)|
|Psalm||This is the Day (mcb)|
|Gospel Acclamation||Sequence: Victimae Paschali Laudes (William Greene) |
Easter Alleluia (chant & Colin Mawby) listen
|Preparation of the Gifts||Haec Dies (William Byrd, 1540-1623) listen|
|Sanctus, Acclamation, Amen||Mass of Creation (Marty Haugen)|
|Agnus Dei||Lamb of God II (mcb)|
|Communion||Now we remain (David Haas)|
|Postcommunion||Surrexit Christus Dominus (Michael Praetorius, 1571-1621)|
|Recessional||Go in peace, Alleluia |
At the Lamb’s high feast
Colin Mawby’s joyful festive setting of the Easter Alleluia combines a people’s refrain, in the form of the simple chant Alleluia, with a bubbling choral fanfare on the same word, plus a more maestoso choral setting of the verse text. With thirty-five repetitions of the word Alleluia, it's probably not for everyday (or even every Sunday) use, but it’s a good one for special occasions. We last sang it at the Bridgewater Hall, for the Centenary Mass of the Catenian Association in 2008.
Byrd’s six-part setting of Haec Dies is jam-packed with dance-like exuberance. The rhythmic complexities make it a challenge for the conductor, a challenge to which our organist Anthony Hunt rose with panache on his conducting debut with the choir.