Duration: 6'45" |
Ensemble: SATB organ
The Missa Brevis in G is suitable for general use, as well as more festal occasions. The material is derived from the simple incantation of the Gloria, which can heard at various points in the Gloria. This theme is hinted at in the Sanctus and Benedictus - both movements having a gentle sway, mirroring the sway of the thurible. The gentle Agnus Dei affords the chance for soloists or a small group to sing the first part and the remainder to join in the later sections. The harmony is clean and simple, with a few occasional deviations, is very approachable and memorable, and not overly complicated.