An art mass for SATB divisi, organ, violin, cello, baritone solo, soprano solo, and tenor solo
Duration: 60 min.
Texts: latin texts from the Catholic Mass, english biblical texts, poetry by Gerard Manley Hopkins (1844-1889).
Movements: Christe eleison, Laudamus te, Pie Jesu, Glorificamus te, Et resurrexit, Save me O God, Therefore will I divide Him a portion with the great, O Deus ego amo te, Hosanna in excelsis
Premiered: April 28, 2017 at First Presbyterian Church in Fort Worth with Ryan Chatterton and the Choral Artists of Fort Worth, S. Andrew Lloyd at the organ, Julia Bushkova - violin, Carol Harlos - cello, Jeffrey Snider - baritone, Jennifer Youngs - soprano, and William Joyner - tenor
Copyright: December 2016
Taking over two years to write and at around an hour in length, S. Andrew Lloyd's CHRISTUS is a monumental tour de force. As a traditional art mass, CHRISTUS uses Latin texts, English Biblical texts, and poetry by Gerard Manley Hopkins (1844-1889) to paint a picture of Christ's hands as not only those that were offered up on the cross, but as those that created the universe and are outstretched still pleading for His children to come unto Him. Unlike most other large-scale works about Christ, CHRISTUS juxtaposes themes of life, death, resurrection, and creation simultaneously rather than sequentially, thus communicating an infinite view of Christ's atonement. This live recording expresses the absolute attention to detail and refinement of sound that is characteristic of Ryan Chatterton and the Choral Artists of Fort Worth. It is through this ensemble's careful and quiet dedication to this brilliant new work that the composer's vision is aptly extracted from the page and CHRISTUS is truly rendered to life.