from Tuesday, May1st of the year2007.
So, not two seconds after I wrote that essay, I got an e-mail reminding me that the choir of Saint Thomas Church Fifth Avenue was going to sing my Bright Mass with Canons (which I wrote for them) the following morning. It is such unfettered bliss to hear this music performed in a liturgical setting, because there is no clapping, no acknowledgement of performers, conductor, composer, anything ““ just focused listening. Here is a recording from February, 2005, of the Agnus Dei (its premiere outing). You can hear people clicking and clacking up the stairs to take communion. My favorite bit of this recording is the end, where a semichorus of trebles elegantly climbs a scale ““ I remember singing passages like this; with boys’ voices you can really appreciate the difference in color between each note.
Agnus Dei from Bright Mass with Canons (2005)
Saint Thomas Church Fifth Avenue
John Scott, Director of Music
Jeremy Bruns, Organ