Easter Sunday (2014)

Sunday, 20 April 2014

Entrance Jesus Christ is Ris’n Today
Kyrie Kyrie for 3 voices adapted from Byrd (mcb)
Gloria Psallite
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.

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