Samba Mass for Mixed Voices

Samba Mass for Mixed Voices

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ISBN 978-0-19-352461-3
ISBN-10 0-19-352461-9
(EAN-13 9780193524613)
Weight 141 grams
Published 4th July 2019
Availability In Print

Cat No. OUPW-110
Supplier Code 9780193524613
Price £9.25
ComposerBob Chilcott
CategoriesVocal Score
Mass Settings
Satb Mixed Voices & Piano
Choral (mixed Voices)
PublisherOUP - Oxford University Press

for SATB, piano, and optional guitar, bass, and drum kit
Samba Mass is a joyous and colourful setting of the Latin Missa brevis. The work is framed by the gentle bossa nova style of the warm Kyrie and relaxed Agnus Dei, which is prefaced by a funky Benedictus. The compelling rhythms of samba come to the fore in the second movement, a vivacious Gloria, which is followed by a beautiful Sanctus that offsets a steady flow of quavers with rhythmic syncopations. The stylistic piano part can be played as written or serve as a guide, and an optional guitar, bass, and drum kit part is available separately for band accompaniment. Performers will enjoy exploring the interplay between voices and the rich, warm colours of the samba and bossa nova styles.
This work was originally commissioned in a version for upper voices by the New Orleans Children's Chorus, Cheryl Dupont, Director, in celebration of the 20th anniversary of the Crescent City Choral Festival, June 2019.


  • Agnus Dei
  • Benedictus
  • Gloria
  • Kyrie
  • Sanctus

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