Conscious of the approaching deadline, I have been working on the Domine Deus/Agnus Dei in any spare moment during the week – starting on the computer earlier and working later into the evening.
An abbreviated version of the existing (not Agnus Dei) piece does seem better but still feels rather too mournful for this part of the mass. A “new” version is developing and I am favouring this at the moment. It is based on an idea, two phrases, which was in fact a counter-melody included in an early version of the original Agnus Dei. Extended slightly and move to the major key, this now provides the main melody. I have been working on making sure that the English/Latin text fits comfortably.