Thursday, May 29, 2014

My Favorite "Kyrie"

Call this a throwback Thursday, if you must. But this is my favorite "Kyrie" movement of any musical mass, ever. Branching beyond the structured masses of the 18th and 19th centuries, the Swiss composer Frank Martin (who hid his written works for years because he considered them a personal devotional experience) did well to capture the desperate sorrow of confession of sin to a Holy God, while cleverly walking the borderline of atonality.

Below is a video of my college choir performing this "Kyrie" movement of Frank Martin's mass. I'm stage left in one of the back rows without a full goatee, and my mezzo-soprano then-girlfriend (now wife) is another row below to my right.