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This piece was written at short notice in response to request for '...something lively, rhythmic and easy to learn' for the Aurora Festival held in Christchurch at Easter 2006. The festival organisers, having searched for something appropriate by a New Zealand composer, invited me to write something suitable to fit the occasion.
Festival Gloria sets the opening lines of Gloria section of the Latin Mass. Throughout, the work is dominated by a ten-in-bar time signature, with an insistent and rhythmic piano accompaniment. The music is strongly tonal and ends emphatically where it began: in B flat major!
Festival Gloria subsequently became the starting point for my Missa semplice written later in 2006, and this SSA version of the movement was made in early 2007.
Text from the Latin Mass
16 Aug 2012: Performed by Rangitoto College's <i>SOS</i> conducted by Karen Roberts, at The Big Sing National Finale, in Wellington.