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Missa Brevis

Accompanied; SATB

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.

Missa Brevis (and John’s piece for solo organ, Celebration) were written at the invitation of the Chapter of York in memory of Richard Shephard, a composer, former educator, and retired Director of Development and Chamberlain of York Minster.

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Duration:  20 minutes
Difficulty:  Moderately difficult
Published: 18 March 2022
Paperback | 40 pages
279 x 216mm
ISBN: 9780193562455

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