Mass in Renaissance Style:
- This Mass setting for SSATBB Choir and Chamber Orchestra is based on the "Messe Royale"
Gregorian Chant Mass by the late Renaissance composer Henry du Mont's (1610-1684) that
appeared in the 1903 Solesmes "Liber Usualis" (Mocquereau).
The Ingalls' Mass is written in late
Renaissance style utilizing the chant thematically, as a subject of polyphony and as a cantus
firmus (in the Kyrie).
The Kyrie & Gloria from this Mass (under the title "Kyrie & Gloria Royale") was recently awarded 3rd place
in the prestigious 14th International Composition Competition Jihlava 2018 at the 60th Festival of International Choral Art held in Jihlava, Czech Republic in May of 2018. To quote the announcement, "we look forward to a performance of the work at an upcoming year of the Choir Festival in Jihlava".
Du Mont's "Messe Royale" was originally published in the 1660 manuscript Cinq Messes
en plein-chant and later in the "Liber Usualis". In that same year of 1660, during the reign of Louis XIV,
Henri Du Mont was offered the post as harpsichordist to the young queen
Marie-Therese; ascending to the position of "maitre" or choir master of
the Chapelle Royale in Versailles in 1663.
- Beautifully melodic, the "Kyrie" from the Mass in Renaissance Style utilizes the du Mont chant both thematically and in cantus firmus.
original du Mont Kyrie
- Opening with an intoned chant, the "Gloria" alternates between glorious choral passages and intense rhythmic expressions.
original du Mont Gloria
- Also opening with an intoned chant, the "Credo" makes use of the original chant both thematically and through polyphony.
original du Mont Credo
- The chant serves as the basis for a wonderful harmonic treatment characterized by choral passages that build and recede.
original du Mont Sanctus
- The prayerful "Agnus Dei" builds to a beautiful crescendo and then falls away as does the original chant.
original du Mont Agnus Dei