Missa Unitatis out now in print from 1equalmusic.com - as first performed by Cappella Pratensis and the Schola Cantorum of Sint-Janskathedraal, 's-Hertogenbosch, the Netherlands
Date: March 1, 2013
The Missa Unitatis - a mass for "one or two choirs" by Antony Pitts - is now available in print from 1equalmusic:
The first new mass setting to have been commissioned by the Illustre Lieve Vrouwe Broederschap (founded in 's-Hertogenbosch in 1318) in almost 500 years, and as such resonates strongly with the sound, aesthetic, and intention of its noble forebears. Inspired by the Brotherhood's uniquely balanced membership - precisely as many Protestants as Roman Catholics (thus acknowledging the Church's need for unity while simultaneously exposing the present lack of it) - this 'Mass of Unity' is designed to be performed by two choirs separately and/or together.
Somewhat in the tradition of Ockeghem's Missa Prolationum and Missa Cuiusvis toni, the conceit is that there exists an invisible source - an original score - of which the two versions are radically different editions, thus playing with the tension between intention and interpretation, original and modern notation. The musical magic is that these two versions can also be sung together. The difficulty level varies between movements from moderate to virtuosic.
Particularly accessible movements are the almost bluesy Credo and the otherworldly Kyrie, sung here at the world premiere by Cappella Pratensis.
printed volume (& preview):