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Royce Nickel: Passion According To Saint Matthew (Palm Sunday, Year A)

Composer Royce Nickel has prepared a setting of the Palm Sunday Passion Gospel for Year A (St. Matthew) for three-part choir (SAB) and three soloists (T, B, Ba), and has shared it with us. He writes:

“The Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ according to St. Matthew”, a setting of the Gospel appointed for Palm Sunday in Year A, according to the Lectionary for Mass for Use in the Dioceses of the United States.  Following the tradition of sung Passions, this work provides three solo parts for most of the narrative and choral sections (SAB) for the voice of the crowd.  The choral passages are well within the ability of a modest parish choir.  The solo parts of tenor, bass (Christus) and baritone (Evangelist) employ simple reciting formulas, each set at its own pitch level within a Mode 3 (Phrygian) modality.

 

Royce Nickel: Palm Sunday Gospel, Year A

 

Licensing: Creative Commons BY-NC-ND 3.0: this license allows free use and reproduction, provided that the work is (1) attributed to the composer;  (2) not sold; (3) not altered.

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