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Kyrie, op. 5

Sheet Music: Score

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

by Jonathan David Little (2005)

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

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


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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").

Published by: Wirripang [M720007908] — 1 score (18p. -- A4 (portrait))

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

Duration: 5 mins

Contents note:

Kyrie eleison -- Christe eleison -- Kyrie eleison.

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)

Includes programme and performance notes.

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)

Typeset edition.

ISMN: M720007908

Analysis & Media

- Resonate Article: Composing 'polychoral' music

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