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Mass of the Sacred Heart - mp3 Album
Mass of the Sacred Heart - Piano, Vocal, Guitar
Mass of the Sacred Heart is an energetic, contemporary setting, well suited to guitar and keyboard, using 6/8 Celtic rhythms and a modal scale. The toughest musical challenge of the new translation of the mass is the Gloria, which has become longer, tempting some composers to abandon the use of a refrain. Mass of the Sacred Heart keeps the familiar refrain and three verse musical structure in the Gloria, but allows the verses to move along using simple chant-like melodies, set to a nice flowing rhythm. The Gospel Acclamation, Holy, and Amen match the 6/8 energy of the Gloria, whilst the Kyrie, the Acclamation(s) of Faith and the Lamb of God provide a gentle contrast to the more upbeat 6/8 pieces. The whole mass setting has been appropriately composed with the congregation in mind, with simple and singable melodies in a good mid-vocal range, but without compromising on the beauty of the music.