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Mass in Time of Trouble (SATB Choir)

Composition of A Mass in Time of Trouble began about the time of the events of September 11th but was meant to represent all the tragedies that occur in one’s life.

There are several theories as to the stages of response that one experiences as result from these tragedies. One of the most popular is that of Dr. Elisabeth Kubler-Ross, which maintains that a person goes through stages of denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance. These various stages are loosely woven throughout the different sections of this mass.

 In A Mass in Time of Trouble, the Introit represents the point of tragedy while the Kyrie is a plea for mercy. The joyful Gloria gives us a sense of denial that is interrupted by a contrasting section that approaches anger. In the Credo, one’s faith is challenged as the male voices representing anguish and doubt are in counterpoint with the female voices of the assurance of faith. Not normally found in a mass, the Meditation signifies a time of quiet and thought. The healing begins with the Sanctus-Alleluia as the focus is outside of oneself for the very first time. A mood of peace and acceptance is established with the ending Agnus Dei.

 Loosely based on the different sections of a mass, A Mass in Time of Trouble was intended to be a “concert mass.” It was composed in such a way, however, that the mass in its entirety or parts of the mass could be used in a church service. In whatever way it is used, it is hoped that it will speak to the universal experiences of tragedy and loss that we all endure sometime in our lives and our responses to them.

Premiered by Wright State University, Hank Dahlman, conductor.

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Steven Winteregg,
Jan 5, 2016, 5:17 AM
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Nov 12, 2015, 8:00 AM
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