- 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).
Using contemporary harmonies, the Ingalls' version of the Mass incorporates late
Renaissance styling by utilizing the chant thematically, as a subject of polyphony and, in the Kyrie, as a cantus
The Kyrie & Gloria from this Mass (under the title "Kyrie & Gloria Royale") was 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".
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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.
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- Beautifully melodic, the "Kyrie" from the Messe Royale utilizes the du Mont chant both thematically and in cantus firmus.
du Mont Kyrie chant
- Opening with an intoned chant, the "Gloria" alternates between glorious choral passages and intense rhythmic expressions.
du Mont Gloria chant
- Also opening with an intoned chant, the "Credo" makes use of the original chant both thematically and through polyphony.
du Mont Credo chant
- The chant serves as the basis for a wonderful harmonic treatment characterized by choral passages that build and recede.
du Mont Sanctus chant
- The prayerful "Agnus Dei" begins softly and gradually crescendos to an intense peak before slowly falling away as does the original du Mont chant.
du Mont Agnus Dei chant