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Nico Muhly

Publisher: Chester Music

Bright Mass with Canons (for chorus and organ) (2005),
for John Scott and the choir of Saint Thomas Fifth Avenue, New York
Publisher
St. Rose Music Publishing
Category
Chorus a cappella / Chorus plus 1 instrument
Year Composed
2005
Duration
13 Minutes
Chorus
SSAATTBB choir
Orchestration
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Programme Note
Nico Muhly Bright Mass with Canons (for chorus and organ) (2005),
There are canons – imitative repetitions – in almost every bar of the Mass. In the Kyrie and Gloria, canons reference the imitative writing of early English composers Byrd and Weelkes, whereas the canonic writing in the Sanctus and the Agnus Dei is more abstract and spatial. The most intense use comes towards the beginning the Sanctus, in which each singer repeats a given figure in his own time, creating a flurry of sound to fill the space in Saint Thomas’s sanctuary.

  • Ensemble
    Los Angeles Master Chorale
    Conductor
    Grant Gershon
  • Ensemble
    BBC Singers
    Soloist(s)
    Stephen Farr, organ/piano
    Conductor
    Paul Brough
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