1st Edition

The Origins and Ascendancy of the Concert Mass

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ISBN 9780367552930
December 30, 2020 Forthcoming by Routledge
240 Pages 26 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

The mass is an extraordinary musical form. Whereas other western art music genres from medieval times have fallen out of favour, the mass has not merely survived, but flourished. A variety of religious, secular, and musical forces saw the mass expand well beyond its origins as a cycle of medieval chants, become concertised and ultimately bifurcate. Even as Western societies moved away from their Christian origins to become the religiously plural and politically secular societies of today and the Church itself moved in favour of congregational singing; composers continued to compose masses. By the early twentieth century two forms of mass existed: the liturgical mass composed for church services and the concert mass composed for secular venues. Spanning two millennia, The Origins and Ascendancy of the Concert Mass outlines the origins and meanings of the liturgical texts, defines the concert mass, explains how and why the split occurred, and provides examples that demonstrate composers’ gradual appropriation of the genre as a vehicle for personal expression on serious issues. By the end of the twentieth century the concert mass had become a repository for an eclectic range of theological and political ideas.

Table of Contents

Part 1: Origins

Chapter 1 Exploring the Ordinary of the Roman Rite

Chapter 2 Differing Opinions about Music within the Church

Chapter 3 Musical Formulations – From Plainchant to Concert Mass

Chapter 4 Haydn’s Harmoniemesse (1802) – An Early Concert Mass

Part 2: Becoming

Chapter 5 The Concertisation of the Mass

Chapter 6 From Court and Church to Choral Societies and Choice

Chapter 7 Nineteenth-century Concert Masses

Part 3: Division

Chapter 8 Cecilians, Plainsong Restoration and Twentieth-Century Church Legislation

Chapter 9 Daniel Lentz’s Missa Umbrarum (1973)

Part 4: Divided

Chapter 10 Masses for concert halls 1903-1963

Chapter 11 Missa Carminum "Folk Song Mass"

Part 5: Ascendance

Chapter 12 Conclusions and Future Directions

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Stephanie Rocke is a Research Associate at the University of Melbourne with an ongoing interest in religious and cultural diversity as it is manifested in musical forms and musical activities across time.