Thoughts on an Agnus mj300
6th movement (of 19) of Bishop Closes High Church
The improvisation was based on Malcolm Hill’s Mode II plainsong setting of the Agnus Dei. This can be seen within his “8 Plainsong Agnus Dei” page on Petrucci: http://imslp.org/wiki/8_Plainsong_Agnus_Dei_(Hill%2C_Malcolm)
The mode II plainsong setting of the Agnus Dei had been commissioned by a previous Rector in 1997, along with settings of the Gloria, Alleluias, Sanctus, Benedictus and Agnus Dei in all eight modes, both festal and ferial, so that the musical tradition of the church could remain even when the comparatively un-poetic texts of common worship’s Ordinary were to be employed. All these were composed by Malcolm Hill, but Kyries, still permitted to be sung in Greek, were left unset so that as much tradition as possible could be maintained. All these settings can be seen on Malcolm Hill’s page on Petrucci.
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