ICHARD RICE has composed a wonderful choral version of Kyrie VIII and graciously made the official score available for free. To make it easier for my choir to sing—since our volunteer choir includes amateurs uncomfortable with repeat barlines—I have created a performance edition.
The following audio excerpt removes the organ to demonstrate the lush harmonies:
* * Audio Excerpt • Voices without organ
Listen to the first Kyrie without the Soprano line:
* * Audio Excerpt • Without Soprano
Can you hear the tune? Here’s that same section with Soprano included.
Organists might appreciate downloading this.
THE FOLLOWING REHEARSAL RESOURCES will help your choir learn this lovely piece & sing it with confidence:
EQUAL VOICES : YouTube • Mp3 Audio
Mr. Rice has composed choral versions for each section of Mass VIII. The complete score is 25 pages, and was posted on the CMAA forum a few weeks ago.