HRH The Princess Royal
The Cavell Mass is a 20-minute setting of the Latin mass for SATB soli and chorus
It needs a small orchestra of trumpets, timpani, strings, and organ
Listen to it on the Youtube links below
Full score (Dec. 2015)
8.5" x 11"
US $37.50 UK £25.00 EU €36.00
Vocal score (Nov. 2015)
8.5" x 11"
US $15.00 UK £9.95 EU €14.15
The Cavell Mass was commissioned by the Belgian Edith Cavell Commemoration Group (BECCG) in remembrance of the 100th anniversary of Nurse Cavell's execution.
Edith Cavell is an important figure in Belgium. Not only is she a heroine of the WWI occupation, but she founded the Belgian nursing service, for which a large Brussels hospital is named after her. After helping hundreds of British and Dutch soldiers escape to safety in their own lands, she was betrayed, arrested, and sentenced to death. On the night before her execution, she sang the hymn Abide with me with the Chaplain of Holy Trinity Brussels. At 7 a.m. the next morning, 12 October 1915, she was executed by firing squad.
The new Mass features the hymn Abide with me as a cantus firmus or underlying melodic theme. The hymn, which was sung at the first performance, is also included in an arrangement for strings and organ at the end of the score. The mass has a performance time of 20 minutes; the hymn adds five minutes more.
Its neo-Viennese style follows the great masters, Haydn and Mozart. I have long admired the Austrian masses, and wanted to reflect their musical language in this work. The commission for a short setting of the entire mass required a Viennese briskness in treating the words. And the nineteenth-century melody of Abide with me, woven through the mass, ties it to a musical style nearer Haydn and Mozart's time than our own. And, since the Cavell Mass was to be performed together with Haydn's Mass in Time of Fear (Missa in angustiis), it was necessary to score the new work for Haydn's 18-strong orchestra of 2 trumpets, timpani, strings (4,4,3,2,1), and organ.
Agnus Dei (4'30)
Abide with me (5'00)
The Cavell Mass can be performed with the same forces. Or, in the absence of a full complement of strings, it can be performed with a string quartet. More...