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Kyrie, op. 5 : for a cappella SATB double choir and soloists

by Jonathan David Little (2005)

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Performance by Thomas Tallis Chamber Choir, Philip Simms from the CD Terpsichore, and other works

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Kyrie, op. 5 : for a cappella SATB double choir and soloists / Jonathan Little.

Library shelf no. 782.3232/LIT 1 [Not for loan]

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Work Overview

This a cappella setting for SATB double choir of the first section of the traditional Latin Mass - "Kyrie eleison" - is based around permutations of one central motif. The vocal lines are sometimes further divided for fullness of texture and motivic completeness. The soprano (treble) and alto lines can be sung either by boys' voices or by female singers. The short central section of this ternary from composition ("Christe eleison") features high C's in both treble parts, and requires extra soprano and alto soloists to be present offstage (or situated in a gallery), a little removed from the main body of the choir (which is marked "Tutti in camera").

Work Details

Year: 2005

Instrumentation: SATB double choir and soloists. (At least 21 voices are required to perform the work: SSAATTBB, SSAATTBB + soloists: SSA, SA).

Duration: 5 min.

Difficulty: Advanced — High sustained Cs for 2 soloists in mid section.

Dedication note: To Anne and Brennan Keats

First performance: Nov 05. First performed during the historic Thomas Tallis 500th anniversary concerts held at Waltham Abbey, Essex (where Tallis worked) and St. Alfege, Greenwich (his burial place)

From the 'Mass of lost time'.

Was awarded:

Tallis Commemoration Medal 2005 (bestowed by Thomas Tallis Society Choir).

Royal Philharmonic Society / BBC Radio 3 "Encore Choral" Award 2016-17 (UK)

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Performances of this work

Nov 05: Royal Peculiar Church of St Alfege, Greenwich, UK. Featuring Thomas Tallis Chamber Choir, Philip Simms.

Nov 05: First performed during the historic Thomas Tallis 500th anniversary concerts held at Waltham Abbey, Essex (where Tallis worked) and St. Alfege, Greenwich (his burial place)

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