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Missa brevis
March 1965; commissioned by the Friends of Coventry Cathedral for the Choir of the Cathedral
author of text
Ordinary of the Mass

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Movement 1: Kyrie
Movement 2: Sanctus and Benedictus  Holy, holy, holy, Lord God of hosts
Movement 3: Agnus Dei  O Lamb of God, that takest away the sins of the world
Movement 4: Gloria  Glory be to God on high

Missa brevis
The Missa brevis, commissioned for the choir of Coventry Cathedral, dates from 1965. The composer described it as ‘very brevis’, and indeed it is a notably compact work, expressly designed for liturgical use. The setting is unaccompanied until the Gloria, which comes last in the pattern of the Book of Common Prayer. The first three movements are rather austere in feel, but the Benedictus opens up at ‘Hosanna in the highest’ into a more opulent style. The Gloria starts with a quintessentially Waltonian burst of energy as the organ makes its surprise first appearance. There is an expressive treble solo in the centre before the closing choral section ‘For thou only art Holy’.

from notes by James O'Donnell © 2008

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Details for CDA67680 track 8
Recording date
26 June 2007
Recording venue
Westminster Abbey, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Jeremy Summerly
Recording engineer
David Hinitt
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  1. The Feast of Ascension at Westminster Abbey (CDA67680)
    Disc 1 Track 8
    Release date: April 2008
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