i. Kyrie ii. Gloria iii. Sanctus iv. Benedictus v. Agnus Dei
The genesis of Missa Brevis occurred during the choir’s 2009 tour to Hong Kong, when the composer sat down to breakfast with Neil Page in the Hing Fat Restaurant. As the finer details were discussed, the waiter presented their chosen ‘western’ dish, which consisted of a fried egg and two sausages floating in a tasty noodle soup. Not as bad as you might think!
Commissioned for the St Barnabas Cathedral’s 2010 Flower and Music Festival, Missa Brevis was first performed during the Gala Opening Concert on 21 May 2010. The overall premise behind the mass is inspired by a flower blossoming, and although this idea underpins the entire mass setting, elements from Hong Kong can also be heard – the ‘pleni sunt caeli’ of the ‘Sanctus’ movement is a direct reference to the Hong Kong MTR.