Instrumentation:  soprano, piccolo, bass clarinet, viola, cello, piano   Type:   ensemble ,  vocal    Year:   2015    Premiere:  Performed by Alluna Ensemble and soprano Sara di Bella,  7th May 2015, RIAM.   Duration: 2’     Red Mass was written for performance by the Alluna Ensemble and soprano Sara di Bella as part of RIAM's 'Responses to Pierrot Lunaire' Project in May, 2015. I used the text and instrumentation from no. 11 'Red Mass' or 'Rote Messe' of Schoenberg's Pierrot Lunaire. For the final two lines in my piece the singer uses the German translation. 'Sein Herz - in blutgen fingern - Zu grausem Abendmahle!' It is a transformation representing the desanctification of the communion which is described in the text.  To gruesome grim communion,  By blinding golden glitter,  By flickering shine of candles,  Comes to the altar – Pierro_  His hand, to God devoted  tears wide the priestly vestment,  At gruesome grim communion,  By blinding golden glitter.  He makes the sign of the cross  blessing the trembling, trembling people,  with trickling crimson wafer:  his heart in bloody fingers,  at gruesome grim commumion     English translation by Andrew Porter. Text by Albert Giraud
       
     
  Instrumentation:  soprano, piccolo, bass clarinet, viola, cello, piano   Type:   ensemble ,  vocal    Year:   2015    Premiere:  Performed by Alluna Ensemble and soprano Sara di Bella,  7th May 2015, RIAM.   Duration: 2’     Red Mass was written for performance by the Alluna Ensemble and soprano Sara di Bella as part of RIAM's 'Responses to Pierrot Lunaire' Project in May, 2015. I used the text and instrumentation from no. 11 'Red Mass' or 'Rote Messe' of Schoenberg's Pierrot Lunaire. For the final two lines in my piece the singer uses the German translation. 'Sein Herz - in blutgen fingern - Zu grausem Abendmahle!' It is a transformation representing the desanctification of the communion which is described in the text.  To gruesome grim communion,  By blinding golden glitter,  By flickering shine of candles,  Comes to the altar – Pierro_  His hand, to God devoted  tears wide the priestly vestment,  At gruesome grim communion,  By blinding golden glitter.  He makes the sign of the cross  blessing the trembling, trembling people,  with trickling crimson wafer:  his heart in bloody fingers,  at gruesome grim commumion     English translation by Andrew Porter. Text by Albert Giraud
       
     

Instrumentation: soprano, piccolo, bass clarinet, viola, cello, piano

Type: ensemble, vocal

Year: 2015

Premiere: Performed by Alluna Ensemble and soprano Sara di Bella,

7th May 2015, RIAM.

Duration: 2’

Red Mass was written for performance by the Alluna Ensemble and soprano Sara di Bella as part of RIAM's 'Responses to Pierrot Lunaire' Project in May, 2015. I used the text and instrumentation from no. 11 'Red Mass' or 'Rote Messe' of Schoenberg's Pierrot Lunaire. For the final two lines in my piece the singer uses the German translation. 'Sein Herz - in blutgen fingern - Zu grausem Abendmahle!' It is a transformation representing the desanctification of the communion which is described in the text.

To gruesome grim communion,

By blinding golden glitter,

By flickering shine of candles,

Comes to the altar – Pierro_

His hand, to God devoted

tears wide the priestly vestment,

At gruesome grim communion,

By blinding golden glitter.

He makes the sign of the cross

blessing the trembling, trembling people,

with trickling crimson wafer:

his heart in bloody fingers,

at gruesome grim commumion


English translation by Andrew Porter. Text by Albert Giraud