Agnus Dei: Qui pius est factus

Troping was the addition of a new verse or verses, consisting of text and music to an established text. The classic example is the English one whereby a composer would set the Mass with the exception of the Kyrie which, because it was troped, he would leave to be set according to local usage and…

Gerald Finzi (1901-1956): Haste On, My Joys!

Haste On, My Joys! is the sixth in the series of seven songs setting poems by Robert Bridges. It’s a five-part setting (SSATB) written shortly after Finzi stopped teaching harmony at the Royal Academy of Music in London. With its very energetic part-writing and rhythmic writing Finzi’s music reflects the youthful exuberance of the first…