Ola Gjeilo – Sanctus

I confess I had not heard of Ola Gjeilo until the above video appeared on the blog Vaisamar. You can hear more by this contemporary composer on his website. [Read more...]

Favorite Part of Church?

Jeremy Myers shared this drawing a child made on a bulletin, which asked them to draw their favorite part of the mass: I consider it a real privilege to attend a church, Crooked Creek Baptist Church, where the only reason I am glad it is over is because by that point I am starting to [Read More...]

Requiem Mass by the Other Offenbach

Another rock mass has been brought to my attention, this one by a French progressive rock band called Offenbach, not to be confused with the earlier composer of that last name. The above is one part of it. [Read more...]

Electric Prunes – Mass in F minor (1968)

I mentioned the idea of a rock mass recently, and had the above drawn to my attention.   [Read more...]

Rock Mass

I found myself wondering recently whether the necessary components for a mass in rock style are available. Below are songs which have the right titles and are not a world away in their themes. But are there other songs, and ones perhaps more suited for this purpose, than the ones below? I wonder what it [Read More...]

Missa Mirabilis: Doubt as an Act of Worship

Tonight (actually, yesterday by the time I am posting this) I went to hear a concert at the Hilbert Circle Theater featuring the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra and the Indianapolis Symphonic Choir. The centerpiece of the concert was the world premiere of Stephen Hough’s mass, “Missa Mirabilis,” as arranged for choir and orchestra. The composer was [Read More...]


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