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    excerpt from a mass for men's voices

    Well, until Gary comes out with a Garritan Personal Male Chorus, I'm going to have to make due with just strings as my chorus...

    This is the final movement of a 5-movement Missa Brevis for men's chorus, oboe solo and piano. It's tentatively subtitled "Messe des déchus" (mass of/for the foresaken).

    http://www.dosblanc.ca/music/missa_b..._agnus_dei.mp3

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    Re: excerpt from a mass for men's voices

    I'm waiting with much anticipation for the Garritan Choir, myself,
    Michel; but in the meantime, mind's ear will have to suffice.

    The ensemble concept of this -- men's choir, piano, oboe -- is,
    I think, a very interesting and astute choice for a short mass
    form like this. I doubt it would have occurred to me; but I very
    much like the idea of it -- and the sound of it. Is the entire
    mass likewise configured, Michel?

    Some lovely and intriguing writing in this, my friend; and the
    harmonic subtleties of it did not escape my notice -- and my
    pleasure. I would be most interested to hear the piece in
    its entirety!

    With best regards,



    David
    www.DavidSosnowski.com
    .

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    Re: excerpt from a mass for men's voices

    the entire mass is scored for two tenor soloists, baritone solo, bass solo, 4-part men's chorus (T.T.Bar.B.), oboe and piano.

    It's a very personal piece, partially coloured by my own experience with faith and religion.

    I have NO idea how I got the idea to write for men's voices, piano... and OBOE . It's just one of those spur of the moment things, I guess. In all honesty, I'm extremely tempted to change it to a cor anglais solo instead.

    The five movements of the mass have different instrumentation - the oboe solo is only in the 1st, 2nd, and 5th movements. Lkewise, there are no soloists in the 2nd and 5th movements.

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    Re: excerpt from a mass for men's voices

    Quote Originally Posted by qccowboy
    I have NO idea how I got the idea to write for men's voices, piano... and OBOE . It's just one of those spur of the moment things, I guess. In all honesty, I'm extremely tempted to change it to a cor anglais solo instead.
    Sometimes these decisions arise from the deeper wells of the
    subconscious, Michel; and oftentimes are the better for it.
    The ensemlbe certainly seems to work and fit ideally with the
    material.

    Why not both English horn and oboe? There a couple of spots
    in even this brief excerpt where I see opportunity for some
    facile and effective interweaving of the two.

    My best,


    David
    www.DavidSosnowski.com
    .

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    Re: excerpt from a mass for men's voices

    Here is the very recently finished (revising) Kyrie from the same mass.
    Again, chorus is played by strings, soloists by a quartet of clarinets.
    I tried to have the isntruments be as expressive as possible, even if they are "stand-ins" for my as yet-to-be-released GPC (Garritan Personal Chorus?)

    http://www.dosblanc.ca/music/missa_brevis/1_kyrie.mp3

    the lyrics, just for those unfamiliar with the Latin mass
    Lord have mercy,
    Christ have mercy
    Lord have mercy

    the lyrics change from "Kyrie eleison" to "Christe eleison" at the one fortissimo part, then when it returns to soft, polyphonic writing, it's back to the "Kyrie" lyrics.

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