part of our ongoing mission to help improve the state of Catholic parish music
and in addition to our own catalogue of new and original publications, we are
pleased to introduce our Christian
Choral Classics Series, which contain new editions of older pieces of
music that we consider of merit and suitable for parish choir performance.
Richard Runciman Terry was the first Organist and Master of Music at Westminster
Cathedral in London and was clearly interested in encouraging amateur parish
choirs to sing (which is very much in keeping with our own aims).
Written in 1904, this is a useful setting of the Mass, still liturgically
appropriate and which demonstrates how effective relatively simple music can be.
It is quite grand in style as well. Originally
intended to be sung in unison (which it may still may be) we have arranged it
for Upper and Lower voices to give greater flexibility.
This is ideally sung with Female and Male Voices taking the upper and
lower lines of music. However, it
may just as easily be sung by Sopranos and Altos or by Tenors and Basses.
Cantor parts are optional but may be sung by soloists or semi-chorus as deemed
have deliberately kept dynamic and tempo markings to a minimum and these should
be used as a guideline only.