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Lennox Berkeley

Publisher: Chester Music

Missa Brevis (1960),
Work Notes
dedicated to Michael and Julian Berkeley and the boys of Westminster Cathedral Choir
Publisher
Chester Music Ltd
Category
Chorus a cappella / Chorus plus 1 instrument
Year Composed
1960
Duration
11 Minutes
Chorus
SATB
Orchestration
Alternate Orchestration
also available in version for Anglican service
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Programme Note
Lennox Berkeley Missa Brevis (1960),
This work was written in 1960 and first performed in that year by Westminster Cathedral Choir under Francis Cameron.

As with many other 20th century works with this title, Missa Brevis here implies no more than a Mass of modest proportions with organ accompaniment. The vocal scoring, for instance, never expands beyond four-part. This simplicity of texture, however, combined with the conservative dimensions belies a consummate musical technique and affinity with the text. The style is based upon imitative polyphony which serves both to give the work a generally contemplative nature and also to highlight the more assertive homophonic passages. Of special interest is the Sanctus which, particularly at ‘Pleni sunt coeli’, employs the rather more dissonant, fourth-dominated harmony with which Berkeley was experimenting at the time.

© James Rushton, 1982

  • Ensemble
    Bristol Cathedral Choir
    Conductor
    C Brayne
    Priory:
  • Ensemble
    Warwick St Mary's Collegiate Church Choir
    Soloist(s)
    S Lole
    Conductor
    C Matthews
    Abbey:
  • Ensemble
    Warwick St Mary's Collegiate Church Choir
    Soloist(s)
    S Lole
    Conductor
    C Matthews
    Abbey:
  • Ensemble
    Choir of St John's College, Cambridge
    Soloist(s)
    Jonathan Vaughn, organ
    Conductor
    Christopher Robinson
    Naxos:
  • Ensemble
    Choir of St Alban's Abbey
    Conductor
    Stephen Darlington
    Priory:
  • Ensemble
    Choir of Clare College Cambridge
    Conductor
    Tim Brown
    Meridian:
Performances
Date
Title
  • 24 FEB 2013
    St John's College, Cambridge

    Other Dates:
    24 February - Southwark Cathedral
  • 17 FEB 2013
    Chichester Cathedral, Chichester

    Other Dates:
    17 February - St Paul's Cathedral, London
  • 26 AUG 2012
    Presteigne Festival 2012
    St Andrew's Church, Presteigne, UK
    City of Canterbury Chamber Choir
    Edward Kemp-Luck (organ); George Vass, conductor
  • 20 JUL 2008
    Grosvenor Chapel, London
    Grosvenor Chapel Choir
  • 12 JUL 2008
    Christ Church, Leatherhead, Surrey
    Antiphonia
  • 28 JUN 2008
    All Saints Church, East Finchley
    Finchley Children's Music Group
    Richard Harvey, piano; Grace Rossiter, conductor
  • 22 JUN 2008
    Great St Mary's Church, Cambridge, UK
  • 22 MAY 2008
    Chichester Cathedral, Chichester
    Chichester Cathedral Choir
  • 18 MAY 2008
    St. Peter's Collegiate Church, Wolverhampton
    St. Peter's Collegiate Church Choir
  • 04 MAY 2008
    Exeter Cathedral, Exeter, Devon
    Exeter Cathedral Choir
  • 01 MAY 2008
    King's College, Cambridge
    Choir of King's College Cambridge
  • 01 MAY 2008
    Salisbury
    Choir of Salisbury Cathedral
  • 05 APR 2007
    King's College Chapel, Cambridge
    King's College Choir, Cambridge
  • 01 APR 2007
    Sheffield Cathedral, Sheffield
    Sheffield Cathedral Choir
  • 01 APR 2007
    Southwell Minster, Nottingham
    Southwell Minster Choir
  • 18 MAR 2007
    St. Mary the Virgin, Times Square, New York, USA
    Church of St. Mary the Virgin Choir
  • 11 MAR 2007
    Lincoln Cathedral, Lincoln
    Lincoln Cathedral Choir
  • 11 MAR 2007
    Truro Cathedral, Truro, Cornwall
    Truro Cathedral
  • 04 MAR 2007
    Durham Cathedral, Durham
    Durham Cathedral Choir
  • 04 MAR 2007
    Sheffield Cathedral, Sheffield
    Sheffield Cathedral Choir
  • 04 MAR 2007
    Winchester Cathedral, Winchester
    Winchester Cathedral Choir
  • 25 FEB 2007
    London
    SouthwarkCathedral Choir
  • 24 FEB 2007
    Magdalen College, Oxford
    Magdalen College Choir
  • 20 FEB 2007
    Jesus College, Cambridge
    Choir of Jesus College, Cambridge
  • 18 FEB 2007
    Southwell Minster, Nottingham
    Southwell Minster Choir
  • 11 FEB 2007
    Salisbury Cathedral, Salisbury
    Salisbury Cathedral Choir
  • 04 FEB 2007
    Bristol Cathedral, Bristol
    Bristol Cathedral Choir
  • 04 FEB 2007
    Durham Cathedral, Durham
    Durham Cathedral Choir
  • 04 FEB 2007
    St. Edmondsbury Cathedral, Bury St. Edmunds
    St. Edmondsbury Cathedral Choir
  • 02 FEB 2007
    St. Edmondsbury Cathedral, Bury St. Edmunds
    St. Edmondsbury Cathedral Choir

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