Missa solemnis Op. 17

45'  (2008) 

Sólists, Choir, Organ, Orchestra






Agnus dei

Author's note to the Premiere if the Comopsition in 2008:

 “Missa solemnis” for soloists, chorus, organ, and symphony orchestra came into existence between 1996 and 1999, and acquired its final form in 2007-08. The work is dedicated to Charles University, and its premiere today may be seen as a gift from the students of the Prague Conservatory to Charles University on occasion of the 660th anniversary of its founding. The composition stemmed from a need to pay tribute to the lasting values of civilization in a morefundamental, extensive vocal-instrumental work. The text of the ordinary of the mass epitomizes these enduring values and principles, and simultaneously, refers to the roots of civilization. The restoration of a democratic form of relations in our part of the world is also a sort of return. Rejoicing in this fact may mostly be mirrored in the “Gloria” section. The dramatic events that accompanied the end of totalitarianism in southern Europe are also reflected in the composition. These were remembered very vividly during the second half of the 1990s. Therefore, rather than being a heart-felt and humble expression of a longing for peace and tranquility, the final part, “Agnus Dei,“ may be an urgent emotional appeal: “dona nobis pacem!” – “give us peace!” The core of the musical message is entrusted to the chorus, but soloists join the performance at some key points. A more substantial, independent part is entrusted to them in “Credo” and at the conclusion of the whole composition, in which the entire ensemble naturally participates. The organ has a significant role, especially in the Agnus Dei section. The element of tone-color is important in the overall construction of the work and in connection with the “direction” of the entrances of the voices and the organ, as well as the use of celesta (alone) in “Credo” and pizzicato in “Sanctus.”  



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