I have recorded, mixed and listened to the Gloria. There is a big problem with the bouncy gloria-gloria chorus which I like so much when listening to the instrumental sounds. Now, with voices, the second section (with the over-lapping “glorias”) just sounds too much of… Read More »Gloria – recording, mixing… and changing
I have recorded, mixed and listened to the not the Agnus Dei. The texture is very “thick” in the verses. They sound better with only three (or even two) lines in the canon sections. However, I still cannot be sure whether this would be an… Read More »(not the) Agnus Dei – recording, mixing… and feeling dissatisfied
The Kyrie is recorded and I have “mixed” the parts with and instrument track. Having listened to my recording of the Kyrie, I have removed the suspended 4th at the end of the bass Christe eleison – it just didn’t quite sound in keeping with… Read More »Kyrie – recording, mixing… and tweaking
All the pieces of this short mass have reached the stage at which I feel I could share, so I will consider this my first draft of all the pieces. I have printed copies and will be ready to share shortly. My experience (very limited!)… Read More »Kyrie, Gloria, (not the) Agnus Dei and Quoniam tu solus Sanctus
I have added the “gloria-gloria” chorus after the “Laudate te” and the “Domine fili unigenite” sections. Is this too much repetition? Is the piece now too/unnecessarily long? I’m not sure, but I do like these outburst of pure joy… So I’m leaving them in at… Read More »Gloria and (not the) Agnus Dei
I have slightly changed (improved!) the sequence of the wording in the Gloria – how phrases are repeated – to give a better flow. I have also corrected some rhythmic inconsistencies (from verse to verse) which have crept in.
I have moved the main melody of the Quoniam to the tenor (doubled by the sopranos in the second half of the verse) which is a common feature of earlier West Gallery hymns. I have also added and introduction and a symphony.
I’ve started an entirely new piece for the Quoniam tu solus Sanctus. I tried out including this as part of the Agnus Dei yesterday, but I wasn’t happy. Now I have a joyful tune with unison and fuging sections reflecting its West Gallery inspiration well,… Read More »Quoniam tu solus Sanctus
I have extended the Agnus Dei significantly, adding new verses with the words: Quoniam tu solus Sanctus, to Solus Altissimus Jesu Christe/For thou alone art holy, Jesus Christ; cum Santo Spiritu in gloria Patris… I have used a tune which, originally, I had as a… Read More »(not the) Agnus Dei
I have written symphonies to link the verses in the Gloria, experimenting with rhythms and orchestration. In most West Gallery music, instruments double the vocal parts (with the addition of instrumental interludes, called symphonies, between verses/sections, and sometimes instrumental introductions and codas. I have decided,… Read More »Gloria instrumental parts