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Mass of deliverance : SATB choir with chamber ensemble

by Dan Walker (2014)

Mass of deliverance


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Mass of deliverance / Dan Walker.

Library shelf no. 782.323/WAL 1 [Available for loan]

Work Overview

This uplifting large-scale mass uses the ordinary Latin mass text. It is musically accessible; drawing on various influences and is enjoyable to sing. It is a positive work written as a celebration in a time when the world could certainly do with a little more joy and optimism. It was written to accompany the John Rutter Gloria and shares some musical gestures, particularly in the brass writing. Its instrumentation is also similar.

Work Details

Year: 2014

Instrumentation: SSAATTBB choir, piano, brass quintet (trumpet 1/flugelhorn, trumpet 2, trumpet 3, trombone, bass trombone), percussion (2 players:1:timpani, 2: bass drum, tam-tam, snare, side drum, shaker, tambourine, crotales).

Duration: 30 min.

Difficulty: Advanced — Mixed metre, divisi of parts, some rhythmic difficulty

Commission note: Commissioned by Leichhardt Espresso Chorus.

First performance: by Leichhardt Espresso Chorus, Michelle Leonard, Sydney Brass at G is for Gloria! (St James' Church (King Street)) on 12 Oct 2014


Resonate article: 2015 Art Music Awards finalists - comments by judging panels by Australian Music Centre


Performances of this work

12 Oct 2014: at G is for Gloria! (St James' Church (King Street)). Featuring Leichhardt Espresso Chorus, Michelle Leonard, Sydney Brass.

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Mass of Deliverance

Posted by Margaret L Goodman [] on 10 February, 2015

I was traveling in Australia and New Zealand for three weeks and happened to attend St. James Church in Sydney on 1/25/15.  I thought the Mass of Deliverance was wonderful and wondered if it had been recorded.  I would love to buy it!   

Margaret Goodman, New York City