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MacDonald: Missa Brevis Sancta Cecilia Vocal Score

Mixed Voices (SATB+)

MacDonald: Missa Brevis Sancta Cecilia Vocal Score

Mixed Voices (SATB+)

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Vocal Score

£5.30

Publisher: Cathedral Music
ISBN: CM1157

Listen to the Choir of Selwyn College Chapel conducted by the composer:

Kyrie

Gloria

Sanctus and Benedictus

Agnus Dei

 

I was invited to write this mass by the Director of Music of St Timothy’s Church in Winston-Salem North Carolina. The church has a very good choral tradition, but most of the singers are volunteers, so I was aiming to write something that would be satisfying for the professional section leaders, without being too challenging for the volunteer members of the choir. I also wanted something that would resonate with the congregation, both liturgically and musically. A good deal of the musical material appears in various forms more than once (including plenty of repetition), and there is a lot of doubling of parts (so four-part writing is actually only in two parts). This should mean that the tunes become familiar quickly, and also (I hope!) that it won’t take too much time to rehearse. I also wanted something that worked well liturgically, so I thought carefully about a musical depiction of the intimate pleading of the Kyrie, the joyful dance of the Gloria, the pealing of Sanctus bells, and the mysticism of the Agnus Dei. The piece was premiered at St Timothy’s on 22 November 2022, namely St Cecilia’s Day (which also happens to be my birthday) so it is dedicated to her, the patron saint of music and musicians – though of course it is suitable for use at any time of the year.

Sarah MacDonald