Edinburgh Mass

Edinburgh Mass : Vocal score

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for SATB (with divisions) unaccompanied This major work by one of Britain's leading choral composers was commissioned by St Mary's Cathedral, Edinburgh. The setting is terse and direct, in the manner of the Poulenc Mass, and the textures often unusually pared-down. By turns fiery and exuberant, and inward and numinous, the music includes a huge variety of textures and techniques, including flowing melismas, luminous key changes, and pure homophony. This is a work of great power that will appeal to committed concert and church choirs.
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Product details

  • Sheet music | 20 pages
  • 215 x 270 x 2mm | 86g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English, Latin
  • 0193356198
  • 9780193356191

About Gabriel Jackson

Gabriel Jackson was born in Bermuda. After three years as a chorister at Canterbury Cathedral he studied composition at the Royal College of Music. Jackson's music has been commissioned, performed and broadcast worldwide, and his works have been presented at many festivals including Aldeburgh, Cheltenham, Spitalfields, and the BBC Proms. His liturgical pieces are in the repertoires of many of Britain's cathedral and collegiate choirs, and his choral works in general
have been recorded by some of the world's leading choirs including Polyphony, The Vasari Singers, The State Choir of Latvia, and Merton College Choir, Oxford. He is currently the Associate Composer to the BBC Singers, who have premiered and broadcast a number of recent commissions. Over recent years
Jackson's music has been equally focussed on instrumental works. Commissions include works for organist Michael Bonaventure, Red Note Ensemble, and the Lunar Sax Quartet.
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Table of contents

Kyrie ; Gloria ; Sanctus & Benedictus ; Agnus Dei
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Review quote

The Edinburgh Mass is a much more extrovert piece, unusually so in Jackson's choral output. There is a huge variety of textures . . . the virtuoso passage for trebles at Quoniam tu solus sanctus in the Gloria is particularly fun... There is a lightness of touch even when the mood is at its most forthright... This is not easy music to perform, but Jackson's varied and intelligent response to the text will reward the work of a committed choir.
Recommended. * Huw Morgan, Church Music Quarterly, September 2007 * Gabriel Jackson's Edinburgh Mass employs a collage of inflected plainsong over drones, Durufle-inspired expressive close harmony, sprung 3/4, 3/8 and 2/4 rhythms, and even Goreckian eight-part choral sonorities. Generally the contrasts work effectively to blend the contemporary and archaic, and the piece will be a rewarding sing for a competent and confident choir . . . However, where there is complexity, it is not there for its own sake but in order to
heighten the intensity and impact of the moment. Thoroughly recommended. * Tom Wiggall, Music Teacher July 07 * This (unaccompanied) mass is one of his most striking compositions to date . . . all is integrated into a personal and increasingly purposeful idiom, typically contemplative but characteristically warm, radiant, even ecstatic. Edinburgh Mass is a dramatic and virtuoso piece, not least to perform, written in a language which most choirs and (one hopes) their audiences will find rewarding and effective, whether in a concert or in the liturgy. * Matthew Greenall, The Singer, August 07 *
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