15 February 2015

Sanctus non sanctimonious

Progress on the Sanctus is good. The work goes smoothly -- not rapidly, but smoothly, which is sufficient. It took several passes before I discovered the music, but having at last taken ownership of the discovery, I find the material apt.

The piece has proven rather more chromatic than I had anticipated, but in the first place that resonates nicely with such elements in the Credo, which is a good strength for the Mass as a whole. And in the second, since this number of the Mass is for Heinrich at King's Chapel, where his choir frequently sing the three selected Mass numbers Kyrie-Sanctus-Agnus Dei, the chromaticism is (I think) an effective contrast to the K. & A.D.

May or may not finish the number tomorrow.

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