Ionian Mass

A joyful celebration of science and the natural world in five movements, borrowing from the traditional form of a mass setting, but using a new, secular text by the composer.

The work's title refers both to the Ionian islands which, in the 6th century BCE, were at the heart of a revolution in thinking about nature, as well as to the musical "Ionian" mode.

Scoring: Mixed voice (SATB) choir (with some divisi) and piano.

Duration: 20 minutes

The five movements are:

  1. Mercy. A view of earth from space: slow, stately music.
  2. Glory. The wonder of the universe; a joyful movement.
  3. Truth. A statement of belief in the rational and the pursuit of knowledge; musically simple and direct.
  4. Sun. A raw, almost pagan, hymn to the sun as earth's source of power and life.
  5. Peace. A plea to the crew of "spaceship earth"; gentle and calming.

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Ionian Mass will be given its first performance by Vox Populi on November 24th at a concert in West Malling, Kent, conducted by James Meaders.


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