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)