Brass Quintet, Organ, Percussion, and Mens Choir
Kyrie was my first attempt at writing a piece of sacred music. It has been a goal of mine to write sacred music for both large and small ensembles. I have always admired works of religious works from all eras and all composers.
This piece uses the Kyrie text from the Catholic mass as well as text from other sections of the mass. The opening of the piece represents guilt and the need to repent. This then transitions into fear of the wrath of God for the sins committed. The piece concludes with forgiveness and acceptance.
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Kyrie eleison, Christe eleison, Kyrie eleison
Libera me, Domine,
de morte aeterna
in die illa tremenda
quando coeli movendi sunt et terra,
dum veneris judicare saeculum per ignem.
Tremens factus sum ego et timeo,
dum discussion venerit atque venture ira:
quando coeli movendi sunt et terra.
Lord have Mercy, Christ have mercy, Lord have Mercy
Deliver me, O Lord, from eternal death
on that awful day
when the heavens and earth shall be shaken
and you shall come to judge the world by fire.
I am seized with fear and trembling
until the trial is at hand and the wrath to come:
when the heavens and earth shall be shaken.