Sunday, March 04, 2018
Paul Basler's Missa Brevis performed by Arlington VA church today
Today, Trinity Presbyterian Church in Arlington Virginia integrated a performance of the Missa Brevis by Paul Basler (a University of Florida music professor with some emphasis on horn and brass), for choir, small orchestra and organ. Carol Feather Martin conducted from the organ.
I caught a glance of the score after the service, and it appears to be in G Major.
The Mass has four movements: Kyrie, Gloria, Sanctus, and Agnus Dei. The music sometimes reminds me of Leonard Bernstein’s Mass, to which I took a date to the Kennedy Center in 1971 when I was in that phase of my life. There is a little bit of modality, but less than in, say, the Durufle Mass and that composer’s Requiem, which I heard last night (reviewed on Wordpress). The music is often loud and jubilant with some fast tempos, even in the Kyrie. The entire work ends quietly, however.
The music often uses stepwise themes followed by jumps, like at the beginning of the Gloria.
The composer is also better known for the Kenya Mass, which I will take up in the future with another posting.
Carol Feather Martin also played some organ variations on Holy Manna, by Don Hustad (as an “offertorium”) and a Postlude on Llanfair, by Robert Powell.