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The Missa San Marco is for unaccompanied four-part choir (SATB) with optional organ. For a performance at the Queen Elizabeth Hall in 2008, Ronald Corp made an orchestration, the score and parts being available on hire from the publisher, and fully compatible with the vocal score. The four movements are:
3 Sanctus and Benedictus
4 Agnus Dei
The work was written in 2002 for Highgate Choral Society who gave its second performance in St. Mark’s, Venice in 2003. More recent performances include:
Saturday 29 September, 2007: Wigmore Hall sung by Voces Cantabiles (the work features on their Forever Child CD of 2006)
May 2008: Queen Elizabeth Hall in version with orchestra
Saturday 13 March, 2010: Ely Cathedral presbytery (as part of a concert) with the Ely Consort under Matthew Rudd
Sunday 30 May: St. Carolus Borromeus Church, Antwerp (as part of Mass) with the Ely Consort under Matthew Rudd
Monday 31 May: at a concert in Bruges with the Ely Consort under Matthew Rudd
Sunday 8 May, 2011: the Savoy Chapel (as part of Eucharist) with the Choir of Her Majesty’s Savoy Chapel in the London Festival of Contemporary Church Music (see Concert Archive page)
Ronald Corp’s Missa San Marco was a fine composition that explored the cathedral environment intuitively. His compositional approach used a more sophisticated but attractive style than the music of 16th -17th century Monteverdi in St. Mark’s Venice (the inspiration for the work). A wholesome tone, long pedal notes, carefully balanced echoing and sustained phrases (that allowed the full effect of the acoustics to contribute) created a splendid ethereal sound.
Rosemary Westwell (review of 13 March, 2010 concert, Ely Cathedral)