A New Mass Setting-In-Progress
I have been wanting to write this mass for about eight years–just after finishing Missa Brevis (F. 155). Due to the original mass’ structure, each movement was unique, influenced by a different period in choral music. For me, the last movement, the Agnus Dei, was the most touching–the focus was solely on harmonic progression in a homophonic context, and the harmony combined with the slow pacing was emotionally engaging. So much so, that I thought at the time “I should write another mass in this style,” and thus Missa Brevis No. 2 was born from that idea.
Of course, such ideas are easier conceived than realized. I started work on a Kyrie in 2017, which I finished in time for Vox16’s call for scores, so the Kyrie has already been recorded and premiered, and I just finished a “video score” based on a second recording… Not a bad showing so far!
The mass is still a work-in-progress, which I hope to finish before the end of 2019. The Kyrie and the Agnus Dei are complete… only two more movements to go! But I should mention another complication: after finishing the Kyrie for this mass, I spontaneously wrote a second Kyrie, so I’m actually working on two new mass settings simultaneously! When it rains, it pours, and one must follow that creative stream wherever it leads.
With three masses, it seemed appropriate to name each one descriptively, rather than just #1, #2, and #3:
Missa Brevis No. 1 => Missa Historia (Missa Brevis No. 1)
Missa Brevis No. 2 => Missa Dramatica (Missa Brevis No. 2)
Missa Brevis No. 3 => Missa Cantus (Missa Brevis No. 3)
If you are interested in any of these mass settings, drop me a line–I’d love to talk with you!
For now, however, I leave you with video score, where you can follow the score as the FM Singers perform the Kyrie for your enjoyment!