Mass for Four Voices

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for SATB soli         26’        1983

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

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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.

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