World Beloved: A Bluegrass Mass

The World Beloved: A Bluegrass Mass

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by VocalEssence Ensemble Singers

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  1. Ballad Refrain
  2. Kyrie
  3. Ballad, First Verse
  4. Gloria
  5. Ballad, Second Verse and Refrain
  6. Credo
  7. Sanctus
  8. Ballad, Third and Fourth Verses and Refrain
  9. Agnus Dei
  10. Interlude: "Art Thou Weary?"
  11. Benediction
  12. Conclusion
  13. Anthem for Thanksgiving ("O Praise the Lord of Heaven")
  14. The Paper Reeds by the Brooks, for chorus
  15. Beneath These Alien Stars, for chorus
  16. The Day Is Done, for chorus
  17. I Cannot Dance, O Lord, for chorus
  18. Sing, My Soul, His Wondrous Love, for chorus & organ
  19. Heritage, for chorus
  20. Zuni Sunrise Song
  21. Water Night, for chorus
  22. My Soul's Been Anchored in the Lord, spiritual

Album Credits

Performance Credits

VocalEssence Ensemble Singers   Primary Artist,Vocal Ensemble
Philip Brunelle   Conductor
Monroe Crossing   Ensemble

Technical Credits

William Bolcom   Composer
Stephen Paulus   Composer
Ned Rorem   Composer
Randall Thompson   Composer
Philip Brunelle   Liner Notes
Aaron Jay Kernis   Composer
William Billings   Composer
John Skippy Lehmkuhl   Intern
Tom Mudge   Engineer
Moses Hogan   Arranger,Composer
Libby Larsen   Composer
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow   Librettist
Brent Michael Davids   Composer
Eric Whitacre   Composer
Sigrid Johnson   Producer
Octavio Paz   Lyricist

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The World Beloved: A Bluegrass Mass 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not a traditional Mass in that it could be sung at a liturgical function. While it follows the structure of the Mass it doesn't follow what is termed the "propers." Nor is it what many would consider traditionally bluegrass, as defined by those familiar with, say, "O Brother Where Art Thou." I would think of it more as "Americana Music." The opening ballad, based, I believe on John 3:16 and Phil. 2, and which recounts salvation history from the fall of Adam as it recurs throughout the Mass (and which addresses the feminine aspect of God in the final verse) I found especially appealing, and as a liturgical musician I could see making use of the Credo section--quite moving--as a hymn at a funeral liturgy. Over all, not quite what I expected, but repeated listenings has given me a greater appreciation of it. I would recommend it to those who have a broad definition of and appreciation for liturgical music.