On this day in 2021 Missa Brevis for SATB and organ was first performed in York Minster. The mass was composed at the invitation of the Chapter of York in memory of Richard Shephard, and first performed in York Minster on 11 July 2021 by the boy choristers and adult singers of the Minster Choir, directed by Robert Sharpe.
This superb Latin mass setting for choir and organ demonstrates the composer’s strong melodic sense and innate feeling for the sound of choral worship. The atmospheric Kyrie leads to a Gloria that contrasts vibrantly rhythmic passages with smoother, expressive sections. The mysterious harmonies of the Sanctus pave the way for a tender Benedictus, and the Agnus Dei is a haunting and powerful prayer for peace.
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