Kyrie, op. 5 : for a cappella SATB double choir and soloists
by Jonathan David Little (2005)
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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").
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.
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)
From the 'Mass of lost time'.
Tallis Commemoration Medal 2005 (bestowed by Thomas Tallis Society Choir).
Royal Philharmonic Society / BBC Radio 3 "Encore Choral" Award 2016-17 (UK)
Resonate article: Composing 'polychoral' music by Jonathan David Little
- In the form/style of: Spiritual and Sacred Music
Performances of this work
20 Jul 2019: at ZêzereArts Festival (Convento de Cristo (Tomar, Portugal)).
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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