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Missa del Cid

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Ordinary of the Mass
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Cantar del Mio Cid

The composition of Missa del Cid (for ten solo voices and narrator) allowed me to explore the intriguing relationship between warfare and religion. I compiled the text from the 13th century Cantar del Mio Cid which takes place during the reconquest of Spain from the Moors. The swashbuckling hero of this epic, Rodrigo Diaz de Vivar, seems to enjoy his battles, cheering himself on with frequent religious expressions; and so I imagined a Mass attended by him and his troops (of which there is a famous example in the original poem). The resulting Mass text, which enfolds a partial telling of the Cid’s story, is made up of extracts from Latin liturgy, and the Cantar itself, in its original Old Spanish, and contemporary English.

from notes by Judith Weir © 2015


Weir: Storm & other choral works
SIGCD421Download only


Movement 1: Kyrie  Here beings the story
Track 4 on SIGCD421 [3'31] Download only
Movement 2: Gloria  When Cid saw this
Track 5 on SIGCD421 [2'45] Download only
Movement 3: Credo  The Cid ordered his knights to assemble
Track 6 on SIGCD421 [5'02] Download only
Movement 4: Sanctus  Later, the Cid lay down
Track 7 on SIGCD421 [2'11] Download only
Movement 5: Benedictus  There came from France
Track 8 on SIGCD421 [3'37] Download only
Movement 6: Agnus Dei  In a short time
Track 9 on SIGCD421 [2'10] Download only

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