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Missa de Spiritu Sancto
September to October 2001; published in 2007; upper voices and organ; commissioned by the Lithuanian Academy of Music
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Ordinary of the Mass

'Dubra: Hail, Queen of Heaven & other choral works' (CDA67799)
Dubra: Hail, Queen of Heaven & other choral works
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Movement 1: Kyrie
Movement 2: Gloria
Movement 3: Sanctus and Benedictus
Movement 4: Agnus Dei

Missa de Spiritu Sancto
The Missa de Spiritu Sancto for upper voices was the result of a commission from the Lithuanian Academy of Music in 2001. As Lithuania is a much more predominantly Catholic country, this Mass was clearly destined for liturgical as well as concert use. The Kyrie creates a timeless atmosphere imbued with elements of organum. The Gloria, by contrast, is suitably exuberant and here the choral writing is more homophonic. For the softer sections the melody moves in octaves with the other voices providing harmonic colour in the middle. This style of writing is exploited more in the Sanctus where the parallel octaves are part of six-part cluster chords. To this jubilant chant the organ provides an accompaniment akin to a peal of bells. The more reverential Agnus Dei utilizes a simple four-part harmonized melody as a refrain. Juxtaposed with this is a minimalist organ accompaniment. For the concluding ‘dona nobis pacem’ all the elements come together but slowly work outwards towards complete freedom of expression. The result is celebratory and yet, as in so many pieces, never conclusive.

from notes by Rupert Gough © 2009

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Details for CDA67799 track 9
Recording date
10 January 2009
Recording venue
St Alban's Church, Holborn, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Mark Brown
Recording engineer
Julian Millard
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  1. Dubra: Hail, Queen of Heaven & other choral works (CDA67799)
    Disc 1 Track 9
    Release date: November 2009
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