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Percussion mass : for SATB chorus and percussion quartet / by Paul Sarcich.
by Paul Sarcich (1991)
Percussion Mass was written because Roger Heagny, former Director of Music at St. Francis Church, Lonsdale St., once said "Wouldn't it be great to have a Mass accompanied by just percussion?" The idea fermented for over a year before the piece became reality and was given its first performance at the Feast of Corpus Christi at St. Francis in 1992.
Performing a piece such as this as an actual Liturgy did shock a few people on that occasion, but most welcomed it as something very new in its approach and appeal.
It is unusual in its demands on the performers too - few choirs have the experience of working solely with percussion and must adapt their ears to the sounds of the percussion instruments in order to find their pitch, rather than relying on piano or organ as is usually the case.
The Mass is set in the original Latin (although greatly abridged in the Credo), and rather than being founded in theology takes emotion as the basis for each movement.
Published by: Australian Music Centre — 1 facsimile score (61p. -- A4 (portrait))
Difficulty: Medium — Requires medium large choir, advanced student percussionists
Duration: 23 min.
I. Kyrie -- II. Gloria -- III. Credo -- IV. Sanctus -- V. Agnus Dei.
First performance 1992. Feast of Corpus Christi at St. Francis, Melbourne
Includes performance directions.
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