Mass of the Childeren / Rutter, John

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Mass of the Children is a major work of English composer John Rutter. It is a non-liturgical Missa brevis, with the traditional Latin and Greek Mass text interwoven with several English poems.

Mass of the Children consists of five movements:
Kyrie
Gloria
Sanctus and Benedictus
Agnus Dei
Finale (Dona nobis pacem)

The Finale uses additional text from the Agnus Dei which was not used in the preceding movement, as well as two prayer adaptations by Rutter and a poem by Bishop Thomas Ken (An Evening Hymn). Another of Ken's poems was incorporated into the Kyrie (A Morning Hymn), and a poem by William Blake (The Lamb, from Songs of Innocence and of Experience) is interwoven with the Agnus Dei.

Mass of the Children exists in three different instrumentations. All three versions are for mixed (SATB) choir, children's choir (SSA), baritone and soprano soloists. The first version is for full orchestra, the second for chamber orchestra and organ and the third for concert band with optional vocals.

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Instrumentation clarinet choir with choir and voice soloists
Instrumentation (details) Eb cl, Bb cl 1, 2, 3, 4, alto cl, bass cl, (contralto cl), cbass cl
Instrumentation (additional) harp / percussion - incl. perc. part
Instrumentation Grade 4 - Challenging
Vocal/choir choir satb - children's choir (ssa) - solist sb
Vocal/choir grade 4 - Challenging
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