commentary to opus 98b
Missa "Laudate pueri" for Mixed Chorus, Congregation (Schola), 8 Wind Instruments, Percussion und Organ, op. 98b (1996/2002)
V. Agnus Dei
Appendix: Kyrie (greg.) alternativ
Wind Instrumentation: 2 Oboes, 2 Bassoons, 2 Trumpets, 2 Trombones
Percussion Instrumentation: Timpani, Vibraphone, Snare Drum, Tambourine, 4 Templeblocks, Bass Drum, Wood Drum, Triangle, 4 Cymbals, Sizzle Cymbal, Gong, Tamtam
performance Introitus- Kyrie II (greg.) - Gloria Version for Schola, Choir,
Congregation, 16 winds, Percussion, 3 Organs:
performance Introitus - Kyrie II (greg.)- Gloria - Sanctus - Agnus Dei Version
for Choir, Congregation (Schola), 8 winds, Percussion and Organ:
Duration: I. 5', II. 1'30'', III. 5', IV. 2'30'', V. 2'40''
Video: Kyrie - Gloria - Sanctus/Benedictus - Agnus Dei
The first 3 parts of the Mass "Laudate Pueri Domini" were composed by Bertold Hummel as a commission for the XXVIII. International Congress of the Pueri Cantores. In a joint projekt with the composers Peter Planyavsky, Jitka Kozeluhová and Franz Thürauer, this Missa Nova received its première in July, 1996 in Salzburg Cathedral. On that occasion, he wrote the following text:
the tasks for a Missa Nova "Laudate pueri Domini" were allocated, I
was asked to provide the Initium consisting of Introitus-Kyrie-Gloria.
The wish to create a unity between the three sections was realised by including
a three-note motif at the beginning of each section, acting as a kind of bridge
to the next one. Ideally, the 3 pieces should follow each other without a pause.
The recurring verse "Laudate Pueri Domini" permeates the Introitus
and returns in a modified form in the refrain of the Gloria. There
is also a link to the Eleison of the Gregorian Kyrie (XVI. Mass).
A somewhat extended instrumental processional music allows for the expected ceremonial
entrance of the clergy. In the instrumentation, the acoustic effects possible
in Salzburg Cathedral (4 organs) are made use of. I think of the composition as
having a shaped simplicity, suited to the occasion and the interior of the cathedral."
(23th May, 1996)
Foreword (Schott Music)
In 1996, upon invitation of the international choral association "Pueri Cantores" (young choirs dedicated to the preservation of the Church's choral tradition), Bertold Hummel composed for their international meeting in Salzburg the parts Introitus, Kyrie (Greg., see Appendix) and Gloria which met with a wide response. In the last year of his life, he completed this work with a subsequently composed Kyrie, Sanctus and Agnus Dei.
The Salzburg Introitus psalm 113 can also be played instead of the Offertory or with the Communio. The Latin version "Laudate pueri Domini" corresponds with the text of the Nova Vulgata (1974) published by the Papal Committee. To many singers and listeners, this text which differs from the common "Laudate pueri Dominum" of the Vespers service may be unfamiliar but it corresponds to the meaning of the Hebrew original more clearly than the text used in the wellknown works by Monteverdi, W. A. Mozart and others. The psalm can be shortened by means of a cut (Vi-de bb. 86-111).
the present printed version, the original instrumentation of the Salzburg parts
has been reduced from 16 to 8 wind instruments, with the consent of the
President of the "Pueri Cantores" German and International Federation
I. Introitus: Psalmus 113 (112)
nomen Domini benedictum ex hoc nunc et usque in saeculum.
solis ortu usque ad occasum
super omnes gentes Dominus, super caelos gloria eius.
sicut Dominus Deus noster, qui in altis habitat
humilia respicit in caelo et in terra?
a terra inopem et de stercore erigens pauperem,
Ut collocet eum
cum principibus, cum principibus populi sui.
habitare facit sterilem in domo, matrem filiorum laetantem.
Patri, et Filio, et Spiritui Sancto. Sicut erat in principio, et nunc, et semper:
et in saecula saeculorum. Amen.
terra pax hominibus bonae voluntatis. Laudamus te, benedicimus te, adoramus te,
glorificamus te, gratias agimus tibi propter magnam gloriam tuam,
Deus, Rex caelestis, Deus Pater omnipotens. Domine Fili unigenite, Jesu Christe.
Domine Deus, Agnus
Dei, Filius Patris, qui tollis peccata mundi, miserere nobis; qui tollis peccata
mundi, suscipe deprecationem nostram. Qui sedes ad dexteram Patris, miserere nobis.
tu solus Sanctus, tu solus Dominus, tu solus Altissimus, Iesu Christe, cum Sancto
Spiritu: in gloria Dei Patris. Amen.
Sanctus, Sanctus, Dominus Deus Sabaoth.
V. Agnus Dei
Dei, qui tollis peccata mundi: miserere nobis.