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The first movement from Craig Curry’s five-movement Jazz Mass, Kyrie is a dramatic piece primarily utilizes the traditional Latin text (Kyrie eleison, Christe eleison), but also includes a countermelody in English. After a slow and short a cappella opening, the piece kicks into high gear with an up-tempo minor blues form, leaves room for solos, then moves into a swing section using the text of a prayer of confession in English before returning to a recap of the main theme.

To address the improvisational aspects of the piece, Curry suggests those with a jazz background improvise in marked solo sections. However, for those without improvisation expertise, a vocal scat solo and piano solo are fully notated and may be sung or played note for note, ensuring an authentic sounding result. The piano accompaniment and bass part are also fully notated.

Available for download, your purchase includes pdfs of the conductor score, a choral score (Piano/Vocal), instrumental parts (piano, bass, drums, guitar), and permission to make as many copies as needed for your performance.

Whether performed as part of the liturgy or a concert piece, Kyrie is an experience your choir and audience will long remember!

Performance Time: 5:45 minutes

Performance by JVE, the Friends University Jazz Vocal Ensemble.
Kyrie eleison. We confess that we are in bondage to sin and cannot free ourselves. We have sinned against You in thought, word, and deed, by what we have done and what we have left undone. We have not loved You with our whole heart, not with our whole heart; we have not loved our neighbors as ourselves. For the sake of Your Son Jesus Christ, have mercy on us. Forgive us, renew us, and lead us so that we may delight in Your will and walk in Your ways to the glory of Your holy name. Hear our prayer, hear our prayer, our prayer. Kyrie eleison. Christe (Christ have mercy) eleison (Christ have mercy) Christe (We ask for mercy) eleison (Send us Your mercy) Christe, Christe (O Christ, our Lord) eleison (have mercy) Kyrie eleison. Christe eleison. Kryie eleison.



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