Having read Mac's post the other day about James MacMillan, (and if you don't think he's one big composer, take a look at the list of performances of his works on the Boosey & Hawkes website. This guy gets 2nd, 3rd, 4th...performances of his music all over the world and The Confession of Isabel Gowdie is an A Level Set work for OCR) I thought that would be a talk I'd like to hear.
A couple of hours later the phone went and it was Friend-round-corner asking me if I wanted to go for the day with her and her family. Interesting, the turn of events sometimes and not one but two new Priests were giving First Blessings after the Mass.
Anyway, the talk was very interesting and it's always great to hear a composer talking about his work and then playing bits. On the way home I said to the boys in the car that that composer is writing the Mass for the Pope and they were very impressed. 'Woah,'they chorused.
'Gregorian Chant; the sound of Roman Catholicism.' That was well worth hearing.
Also thought provoking was the observation that when composers are studied their religious belief is ignored, or religated to a foible.
I shall be buying the Mass when it's published.
Oh, yes and claim to fame I even spoke to him and he has seen this blog.
Happy Feast of St Dominic!
PS The Gloria is through composed and I think we can safely assume does not include clapping. Hurrah, round of applause! :-)