PROMISED to release a total of five Mass settings which work well even when sung by a solo cantor, or cantor with organist. The first installment was the Saint Ralph Sherwin setting. The second installment was the Saint Anne Line setting. Each of the Mass settings has included a harmonization for the Our Father, and some were confused by this since the “harmonization title” doesn’t match the rest of the Mass. I apologize for any confusion; it’s because those Our Father settings were composed prior to the Mass settings. This time around, I’ve attempted to present the Mass settings in a very clear manner—hopefully nobody gets too confused. 1
Today, for the third installment, I release the SAINT EDMUND JENNINGS Mass setting:
* PDF Download • ORGAN ACCOMPANIMENTS
—Organ Accompaniment for the “Our Father” is included.
* PDF Download • Congregational Booklet
—Make sure to select “double sided” when printing.
I personally believe my Mass settings sound cool when sung SATB. For instance, if you take the Our Father harmonies and score them as SATB, here’s how they sound:
Rehearsal video names don’t always correspond; cf. the first footnote.
We recorded rehearsal videos about ten years ago—and I’m not pleased with several of them—but these are all we have available at the moment:
KYRIE: (rehearsal video)
GLORIA: (rehearsal video)
SANCTUS: (rehearsal video)
MYSTERIUM: (rehearsal video)
GREAT AMEN: (rehearsal video)
OUR FATHER: (rehearsal video)
AGNUS DEI: (rehearsal video) 2
ONSIDER the life of Saint Edmund Jennings. He converted to the True Faith at age 16, and was ordained a priest at the young age of 23. He went to England, and was martyred because he was Catholic (not Anglican). Some would say: “What a waste; all those studies, and all that training! And then a few years later he was martyred.” But the Church doesn’t see it that way. By the way, Father Jennings died in 1591AD, during the same decade that saw the deaths of Palestrina (1594), Lassus (1594), Marenzio (1599), Guerrero (1599), and Zoilo (1592), as well as the birth of Father Jean de Brébeuf (1593).
NOTES FROM THIS ARTICLE:
1 Confusion stems from the fact that the rehearsal video titles sometimes don’t “match,” since they were included in other collections through the years. All I can say is that I have made every effort to make the scores as straightforward and unambiguous as possible this time around.
2 The “Agnus Dei” was recorded with an iPhone on a toy organ.