A Little Jazz Mass

A Little Jazz Mass : SATB vocal score

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for SATB, piano, and optional bass and drum kit ad lib. A highly original and effective concert setting of the Latin Missa brevis in which the various movements embrace a variety of jazz styles. The characterful piano accompaniment can be played as written or serve as a guide, and bass and drums can join in ad lib. The bass part is available on sale (ISBN 978-0-19-335655-9). Also available in an SSA version.show more

Product details

  • Sheet music | 40 pages
  • 206 x 274 x 6mm | 140.61g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Music.
  • 0193356171
  • 9780193356177
  • 404,555

Table of contents

Kyrie ; Gloria ; Sanctus ; Benedictus ; Agnus Deishow more

About Bob Chilcott

Bob Chilcott has been involved with choral music all his life, first as a Chorister and then a Choral Scholar at King's College, Cambridge. Later, he sang and composed music for 12 years with the King's Singers. His experiences with that group, his passionate commitment to young and amateur choirs, and his profound belief that music can unite people, have inspired him both to compose full-time and, through proactive workshopping, to promote choral music worldwide.show more

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As an ex-singer himself (in both King's College Chior and the King's Singers), Bob Chilcott knows what works vocally. You can hear this particuloarly in A Little Jazz Mass, where he perfectly fits the words of the Latin text to the whippy, upbeat syncopations of the Kyrie and Gloria . . . The work could have easily been kitschily condescending but actually works excellently. * Terry Blain, BBC Music Magazine, June 2013 * There are plenty of highlights . . . from the Gloria's opening swing bass and final dramatic cut-off to the concluding moody, bluesy Agnus. Although ostensibly a concert piece, it wouldn't take a huge leap of imagination to see this work in a liturgical context, while the piano part is so well written that effective performance requires only a moderate level of improvisational skill, if any. * Matthew Greenall, The Singer June 07 * Chilcott's Little Jazz Mass employs a creative and engaging musical language right from the start . . . The writing is largely intuitive and straightforward, although singers will have to be prepared for plenty of stylish jazz crunch-chords . . . Highly recommended for choirs of mixed-ability upwards. * Tom Wiggall, Music Teacher July 07 * Chilcott's is a remarkable achievement in that he has written music that is approachable but never sugary, and jazz-infused but in no way irreligious. Doubtless there will be some who will consider a Jazz Mass inappropriate for liturgical use, but that number will surely diminish upon hearing either of Chilcott's . . . The Kyrie from the Little Jazz Mass and the Agnus Dei from the Nidaros Jazz Mass is where to start if you need to be convinced of this genre. * Jeremy Summerly, Choir & Organ November 2012 *show more

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