Mass for Four Voices

 

for SATB soli         26’        1983 

 

First performed at the Huddersfield Festival of Contemporary Music 1984 and subsequently on BBC Radio Three 

 

This setting of the Mass Ordinary was intended to give a quartet of voices - with the phenomenal abilities of these performers - a concert piece of substance which might compare with, say, a string quartet, and in this way refer back to the medium of a consort of voices largely neglected since Renaissance times. The piece is also ambitious in having been planned in one movement: the text of the Mass, while important, is subsidiary to the way the music unfolds.

 

performed and recorded live by  Rosemary Hardy (soprano), Linda Hurst (contralto), Martyn Hill (tenor), Stephen Varcoe (bass)