Duration: 9'45" |
Ensemble: SATB organ
This mass setting was composed with several objectives in mind. Both the Kyrie and Agnus Dei should be relatively simple and non-intrusive to respect the parts of the service during which they are usually sung. The other objective was to ensure these two movements, together with the more uplifting Sanctus and Benedictus, shouldn't be too difficult for parish choirs used to singing mass settings by e.g. Darke and Wood, but not necessarily the Gloria.
It isn't uncommon for the Agnus Dei to be sung prior to the communion anthem when members of the congregation are receiving Holy Communion, so a gentle and quiet approach has been adopted for this movement.
The Gloria has a wide dynamic range. It begins in a loud and triumphant manner before settling into a quieter and more reflective mood, dictated by the text. The energy builds again towards the end.
The setting is mostly SATB with a little upper voice divisi. A couple of soprano soloists or a smaller group of singers can be used for a few bars of Agnus Dei.
The mass has been sung on a number of occasions in Wells Cathedral by the Chamber Choir to whom it was dedicated in 2017.