Ikonic Mass

Ikonic Mass


a communion service for SATB chorus, soloists, and organ (13')

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Completed in April, 2014.

In four movements: Kyrie (in Greek), Gloria, Sanctus/Benedictus, and Agnus Dei (in English).

Commissioned by James and Elaine Hutchison and dedicated to John and Christina Roberts.
The world premiere was performed on June 6, 2014 by the choir of the Cathedral Church of the Redeemer, Calgary, Alberta, Tim Pyper (conductor), and Tristan Wright (organist).


Religious ikons are powerful expressions of faith, imbued with symbols and meanings that outweigh their often humble nature. But is it possible to create music that mimics this mostly visual medium? In this Ikonic Mass, every movement is based upon the simplest of ideas: short recurring motives that act as musical ikons. Each movement begins with and then dwells repetitively upon its simple idea. The result, of course, is much richer than the idea itself, and is meant to praise the flowering of profundity that can result from the mindful contemplation of simplicity.