Mass in Blue (Vocal Score)

Scored for: Soprano soloist, SATB & Jazz trio (sax*) / (Full band*) /(Strings*)
Level: Medium
Duration: 40 mins

Other Info: Mass in Blue was commissioned in 2003 by Hertfordshire Chorus and written for Will Todd's wife, soprano Bethany Halliday.  Since that time the work has become firmly established in the choral repertoire. Mass in Blue is an upbeat jazz setting of the latin mass text for soprano soloist and SATB chorus and has various scoring options.

Jazz Trio Version:
Soprano Solo: fully notated, jazz knowledge and style required
SATB choir.
Piano* (fully notated, jazz knowledge, improvisation expected)
Bass - upright or elec (fully notated, jazz knowledge, improvisation expected)
Drum Kit (fully notated, jazz knowledge, improvisation expected)
Obbligato Soprano / Alto Sax (optional)

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Full Band Version:
Soprano Solo: fully notated, jazz knowledge and style required
SATB choir.
Piano* (fully notated, jazz knowledge, improvisation expected)
Bass - upright or elec (fully notated, jazz knowledge, improvisation expected)
Drum Kit (fully notated, jazz knowledge, improvisation expected)
Wind - Alto Sax / Soprano Sax
2nd Wind - Tenor Sax / Clarinet / Flute
3rd Wind - Bass Clarinet / Baritone Sax
2 Trumpets
2 Trombones
Bass Trombone
Timpani / percussion (1 player) [3 timpani, tam-tam, susp cym]

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Orchestral Strings Version:
Soprano Solo: fully notated, jazz knowledge and style required
SATB choir.
Piano* (fully notated, jazz knowledge, improvisation expected)
Bass - upright or elec (fully notated, jazz knowledge, improvisation expected)
Drum Kit (fully notated, jazz knowledge, improvisation expected)
Violin 1
Violin 2
Viola
Cello
Double Bass (orchestra)
Obbligato Trumpet (optional)
Obbligato Sax (optional)
Timpani / percussion (1 player) [3 timpani, tam-tam, susp cym]

Read more about the Mass in Blue Orchestral Strings Version.

The Mass in Blue vocal score is now published by Oxford University Press and is compatible with all scorings.  It is available to purchase or hire. A backing track is also available through OUP.

“Todd’s imaginitive score . . . electrifying.” Jill Barlow/ The Watford Observer/ 2004

 

"a complete triumph for all concerned with a truly memorable performance which filled the Abbey with tremendous sounds" John Manning/ Herts Advertiser/ 2013

If you would like to enquire about Will Todd, a recommended Mass in Blue soprano soloist, the Will Todd Trio or the Will Todd Ensemble being part of your Mass in Blue performance or if you are interested hosting a Will Todd workshop or singing day to prepare for your choir's forthcoming performance please contact us.

Mass in Blue is recorded on the Signum Classics label

 

Mass in Blue Audio Learning Tracks
Available to choirs preparing for their forthcoming performance of Mass in Blue.

Mass in Blue Instrumental Backing Track
An instrumental backing track of the Mass in Blue performed by the Will Todd Trio is also available for rehearsal purposes.

 

Available to purchase from good music shops. The Mass in Blue vocal score is published by Oxford University Press. Instrumental parts for the Jazz Trio version and a Mass in Blue backing track are also available through OUP.  Full scores and ensemble parts for the Full Band Version and Orchestral Strings Version available from Tyalgum Press under licence from OUP.

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