Tuesday, August 23, 2005

Info on the Missa Mundi

What music should be played and heard in a service gathering of almost a million young people from all over the world? Is there a common language of music for the various Christian culture groups in the world? The roots of Christianity, the Gregorian music, may provide an answer. The ordinary of the Holy Mass consists of five parts: Kyrie, Gloria, Credo, Sanctus and Agnus Dei. The idea underlying >Missa Mundi< by Thomas Gabriel which will be performed for the first time during the final service of the World Youth Day 2005 is to relate each of the five liturgical elements to one of the five continents. The European Kyrie employs polyphonic techniques of composition (homage to Bach), the South American Gloria uses Quenas, Zamponas and Charangos. In the Asian Credo an Indian sitar is played, drums dominate the African Sanctus and the characteristic instrument of the Australian Agnus Dei is a didgereedoo. Their common bond is the ancient >Missa Mundi<, a piece of Gregorian mass music of the first millenium. As Christianity spread all over the world, this music found its way into all regions and exerted a clear influence on the cultural development everywhere. The Mass composition bears in mind this phenomenon and thus shows respect for the cultural diversity of our world.

And if you're intersted you can buy the CD for 10 Euros.

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