New Gothic Mass

by Kyle Randall

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The world premiere performance of the "New Gothic Mass" for choir and organ, in San Francisco at St. Mark's Lutheran Church.

Kyle Randall, conductor and composer
Eric Choate, organist
Collin Whitfield, assistant music director

with a choir including:
Kristina Blehm
Sam Maurer
Mark Shattuck
Collin Whitfield
Kevin Gino (soloist in the Sanctus)
David Oorbeck
and more

Notes:

I'm thrilled to share this work, and to bring it to realization with the help of some truly amazing musicians. This mass is particularly close to my heart; in some ways it's fairly traditional—it is a mass, after all—but there's something about it that I find intensely new and striking, and I hope this comes through in the recording.

Before I began working on this piece, I had been wanting to write a mass for some time. I tried starting into the project several times, but while each followed the sentiment of the mass and illustrated the words well, something seemed to be missing. I knew that I would only be happy with a setting if it not only brought the words to life but presented a vivid musical interpretation of the idea of a mass. The music, in other words, would need to speak completely for itself.

It wasn't until an extended period of traveling across the country that the right ideas began to come. The Kyrie began to take shape during these travels, and most of that movement came suddenly during a wild thunderstorm in Brooklyn, while I sat in an old building looking out at the stone walls of an old cathedral. The feel of that thunderstorm is still almost tangible to me—as is the peculiar exhilaration and awe that I felt at seeing it after having been away from dramatic weather for years since moving from the east coast to San Francisco—and it stayed with me as I wrote the rest of the mass.

This setting of the mass is particularly dark and tremendous, and some may complain that movements like the Gloria are less celebratory than is conventional. For me, though, this is a sincere and deeply human interpretation. It focuses on the human experience of worship in a way that is perhaps closer to the medieval or Renaissance tradition than to the Classical and Romantic interpretations, embracing the turmoil, fear, awe, wonder, and sublimity inherent in the text and practice of the mass, and refusing to shy away from the intensity of the experience. In this way, I hope it evokes the ageless sentiments of the mass and brings them to the present in a way that feels both ancient and electrifyingly real.

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released May 20, 2015

Kyle Randall, conductor
Eric Choate, organist

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Kyle Randall San Francisco, California

Born and raised in the forests of New Hampshire, Kyle Randall is an internationally-performed composer of a wide variety of music, with premieres from Carnegie Hall to La Schola Cantorum in Paris. He strives for vividness and sincerity in his music, and is not afraid to draw on the past as well as the present in his writing. ... more

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Track Name: Kyrie
Kyrie eleison // Lord have mercy
Christe eleison // Christ have mercy
Kyrie eleison // Lord have mercy
Track Name: Gloria
Gloria in excelsis Deo // Glory to God in the highest
et in terra pax hominibus bonae voluntatis // and on earth peace to men of good will.
Laudamus te, benedicimus te, // We praise You, we bless You,
adoramus te, glorificamus te, // we adore You, we glorify You,
gratias agimus tibi propter magnam gloriam tuam // we give you thanks for Your great glory,
Domine Deus, Rex coelestis, // Lord God, heavenly King,
Deus Pater omnipotens. // God the almighty Father.
Domine Fili, unigenity, Jesu Christe // Lord Jesus Christ, only begotten Son,
Domine Deus, Agnus Dei, Filius Patris // Lord God, Lamb of God, Son of the Father,
qui tollis peccata mundi, // You who take away the sins of the world,
miserere nobis; // have mercy on us;
qui tollis peccata mundi, // You who take away the sins of the world,
suscipe deprecationem nostram. / hear our prayers.
Qui sedes ad dexteram Patris, // You who sit at the right hand of the Father,
miserere nobis // have mercy on us.
Quoniam tu solus Sanctus, // For You alone are the Holy One,
tu solus Dominus, // you alone the Lord,
tu solus Altissimus, // you alone the Most High,
Jesu Christe, // Jesus Christ,
cum Sancto Spiritu in gloria Dei Patris. / with the Holy Spirit in the glory of God the Father.
Amen // Amen.
Track Name: Sanctus
Sanctus, Sanctus, Sanctus // Holy, Holy, Holy
Dominus Deus Sabaoth; // Lord God of Hosts;
pleni sunt coeli et terra gloria tua // Heaven and earth are full of Your glory
Hosanna in excelsis // Hosanna in the highest
Track Name: Benedictus
Benedictus qui venit in nomine Domini. // Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.
Hosanna in excelsis // Hosanna in the highest.
Track Name: Agnus Dei
Agnus Dei, qui tollis peccata mundi, // Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world,
miserere nobis. // have mercy on us.
Agnus Dei, qui tollis peccata mundi, // Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world,
miserere nobis. // have mercy on us.
Agnus Dei, qui tollis peccata mundi, // Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world,
dona nobis pacem. // grant us peace.