Missa Sanctae Margaretae

Missa Sanctae Margaretae : Vocal score

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for SATB and organ The Missa Sanctae Margaretae is a stunning new setting of the Missa Brevis, showcasing Jackson's mesmerizing choral writing. Scored for SATB and organ, the accessible choral lines move through a variety of textures and harmonies, with linear passages in the Kyrie and Agnus Dei and rich, chordal writing in the Gloria. The idiomatic organ accompaniment brings additional flavour to the music, sometimes answering the choral lines, sometimes offsetting them with fast, rhythmic passages. Ideal for use in services and concerts.
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Product details

  • Sheet music | 28 pages
  • 204 x 292 x 5mm | 117.93g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • 0193377551
  • 9780193377554

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Jackson adopts a simpler compositional style in Missa Sanctae Margaretae, with easier melodic and harmonic writing. This is liturgical music, written for use by any choir of modest ability. It still manages to articulate realize the pleas for mercy in the Kyrie and Agnus Dei, the joyful affirmations of the Gloria, as well as the mystical implications of the Sanctus. The writing is never less interesting for the adoption of this simpler style. * David A. McConnell, www.musicweb-international.com September 2012 * Admirers of Jackson's warm, added-note harmonies and rhythmically supple vocal lines will find much to enjoy. Scored for SATB voices and organ, it falls well within the compass of many parish and college choirs. Gabriel Jackson's Missa Sanctae Margaretae is aimed at competent parish choirs and really hits the spot. By writing choral parts that often have elements in common, Jackson provides less musical material to learn than may be apparent to the listener. Singers will also enjoy the lyrical lines, supple rhythms and radiant harmonies. The organ part (which requires a fairly proficient player) cleverly supports and complements the vocal lines while establishing
structure and order. The variety and contrast between celebration and meditation should appeal to choirs and congregations alike. * Rupert Gough, Choir & Organ, Jan 2012 * Gabriel Jackson's St Margaret Mass makes its point economically and fluently. Missa Sanctae Margaretae is a gift for Sunday mornings, lasting twelve minutes in toto, yet never sounding lightweight or perfunctory. No idea outstays its welcome, and the blissfully short Sanctus (including Benedictus) is a masterpiece of effective brevity. * Jeremy Summerly, Choir & Organ November 2011 *
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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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