Thursday, 6 August 2009

Terry's Short Mass in C

I have just completed transcribing and editing the Short Mass in C by Richard R. Terry for the Choral Public Domain Library, and it is now uploaded and ready for distribution. It is a very fine little mass setting for unison voices and organ. It is ideal for small choirs who have limited skills and resources as it relatively straightforward, and can be performed both for the ordinary and extraordinary forms of mass on an average Green Sunday.

Richard Runciman Terry was a major figure in the revival of Catholic Church music in England in the early 20th century, and his mass settings (Short Mass in C, Mass of St. Dominic, Missa Veni Sancte Spiritus, Mass of St. Gregory the Great) formed a greater part of the repertoire of English parishes right up to the 1960's. He was director of music at Downside Abbey, then moving on to Westminster Cathedral, where he largely made the very fine choir that is still going strong.

Also, do visit my own page at CPDL, giving some of the music I've written.

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