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April 28, 2013

2013-04-28 Notes from the Bench

“Messe Solennelle” by Jean Langlais
A commentary on this week’s music by Scott Youngs, Director of Music

Jean Langlais’ “Messe Solennelle” was written in 1951, and although it is not strictly based on plainsong, it is certainly influenced by it. You will recognize the parallel fifths and octaves; an almost organum-like treatment juxtaposed with harsh discards. True counterpoint begins in the “Gloria,” which begins as a fugue. Langlais’ writing is extremely chromatic, and that is reflected in the number of accidentals (flats & sharps) in every measure. The great washes of color and dramatic chords set the Mass in a way that conveys power and mystery in the language of French chromaticism.

We are delighted to have Canto Vivo joining the Chamber Choir of All Saints’ to sing the ordinary of the Mass as set by Jean Langlais. Canto Vivo, a program of Mesa Community College, rehearses here at All Saints’ and performs choral concerts here throughout the year. Having them with us for a service is a very special treat, and will introduce you to their fine work. Please watch for their concerts here in the future!

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