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Mass of the Children

Accompanied; SATB; Solo voice; Upper voices

The text is that of a standard Latin ‘Missa brevis’, to which several relevant English poetic texts have been added. The first and last of these are taken from Bishop Thomas Ken’s renowned morning and evening hymns for the scholars of Winchester College. They give the whole work the framework of a complete day, from waking to sleeping, within which other texts and moods appear like events in that day or landmarks in a life.

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Orchestration: Orchestra: players).hp-str Chamber ensemble: fl, ob, cl, bsn, hn, timp, perc (1 or 2 players), hp, db, org

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Duration: 37 minutes
Difficulty: Easy
Published: 28 August 2003
ISBN: 9780193380943

Programme notes

Mass of the Children was written in response to an invitation to compose a new work for a concert during the American Choral Directors’ Association national convention in New York in February 2003…

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