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Jazz Missa Brevis

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Ordinary of the Mass

Commissioned by David Price for Portsmouth Cathedral with funds from The Groves Legacy, Will Todd’s Jazz Missa Brevis gives new life to the sung Latin Mass texts in an accessible, short setting which embraces a variety of jazz styles, from the swinging jazz waltz Kyrie to the up-beat Latin-groove Gloria. The smooth jazz ballad Sanctus, 7/8 Benedictus and soulful Agnus Dei complete this inspiring Mass setting. Underpinned by Todd’s characteristic jazz harmonies and melodic craftsmanship, it is suitable for performance both liturgically and as part of a concert by mixed choirs of all abilities. Performed here by the St Martin’s Voices and Will Todd Ensemble, the work can also be accompanied by piano alone (as written or extemporised) or jazz trio (piano, bass and drums).

Will Todd writes: 'In writing Jazz Missa Brevis for Portsmouth Cathedral Choir, I have aimed to create simple and lasting music that will work equally well in liturgy or in concert. Drawing on my own piano playing style, all of the movements began life as extended improvisations which I then honed and developed into the completed movements. I hope this ensures that there is a genuine jazz ‘heart’ to each of the sections. In the same way that I would in a jazz gig, I’ve made sure there is a contrast of rhythmic feels between the movements. I hope singers, musicians and conductors will enjoy performing this piece as much as I have enjoyed writing it!'

from notes by Signum Classics © 2019


Todd: Passion Music & Jazz Missa Brevis
Studio Master: SIGCD563Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available


Movement 1: Kyrie
Track 12 on SIGCD563 [2'26] Download only
Movement 2: Gloria
Track 13 on SIGCD563 [3'18] Download only
Movement 3: Sanctus
Track 14 on SIGCD563 [2'18] Download only
Movement 4: Benedictus
Track 15 on SIGCD563 [1'12] Download only
Movement 5: Agnus Dei
Track 16 on SIGCD563 [4'06] Download only

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