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Mass in five parts

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Ordinary of the Mass

This work was commissioned by Christopher Batchelor for the 2004 London Festival of Contemporary Church Music. It strives less than 16th century antecedents to unify its separate movements through overarching tonality and thematic content (though the Osanna concluding the Benedictus movement serves as a weightless echo of that in the preceding Sanctus: for some reason the image of flying snowflakes had come to me and is duly reflected); but perhaps it goes further than most modern settings in espousing intensive, sometimes rigorous motivic counterpoint. Its dispersal to various points in the present programme alludes loosely to one’s experience of the Mass in a liturgical context while serving a plausible purpose regarding tonal continuity between successive ‘tracks’.

The Mass is dedicated ‘to the happy memory of Peter McCrystal and his conducting within the Edington Festival of Church Music and the Liturgy’. His premature death a few years ago shocked and saddened his many friends. An inveterately gleeful leg-puller, he had never allowed me to forget one occasion in Edington [Wiltshire] when a friend of his failed to identify me as perpetrator of a piece to which she had taken exception during a concert. She denounced the culprit at length to us both before fatal eye contact occurred and all composure was loudly lost in the same instant. A Dublin resident, he sang at St Patrick’s Cathedral, and it was a poignant experience to hear this tribute brought to life a mere stone’s throw from where he had been best known and loved. Ave atque vale.

from notes by Francis Pott © 2005


Pott: Meditations & Remembrances
Studio Master: SIGCD080Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available


Movement 1: Kyrie
Track 3 on SIGCD080 [4'02] Download only
Movement 2: Gloria
Track 4 on SIGCD080 [6'02] Download only
Movement 3: Sanctus
Track 8 on SIGCD080 [2'36] Download only
Movement 4: Benedictus
Track 9 on SIGCD080 [1'36] Download only
Movement 5: Agnus Dei
Track 11 on SIGCD080 [7'51] Download only

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