Mass in g minor
Ralph Vaughn Williams' Mass in g minor took a few years
to grow on me. Honestly, I hated it. My first experience
with Vaughan Williams' Mass in g minor was three years
ago when our choir performed it on our East Coast tour.
The choir wasn't quite mature enough to sing such a difficult
It was a cappella, meaning unaccompanied, and we could
barely stay in tune! After countless rehearsals and performances,
I never wanted to hear the g minor Mass again.
Well, three years later, here I am listening to the g
minor mass, loving every minute of it and appreciating
the fact I learned it. I'm not sure what prompted me to
resurrect the piece, but it happened a while ago while
I was contemplating possible Works of the Week.
If you are unfamiliar with Ralph Vaughan Williams and
his music, listing to this mass may give you the wrong
idea. Ralph Vaughan Williams was a 20th century composer,
yet this mass sounds almost baroque to an untrained ear
(which is why I think it's special).
Composed 1921, Vaughan Williams' Mass reverted to the
'old school' tradition of a cappella polyphonic style
- a breakthrough in modern composition.
I have no doubt you will love this piece as much as I
do. The rich, luscious harmonies and velvety smooth melodies
will wrap around you like a warm fleece blanket. It comforts
me just listening to it, and not many pieces can do that.
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Vaughan Williams' Mass in g minor.