From the preface:
For over 1,000 years, the text of the liturgical Mass has been a source of inspiration to composers. As masses are one of the oldest musical forms, they come in many varieties and are frequently performed in concert halls and churches all over the world. Many masses are performed in the original Latin, while others are sung in the vernacular (spoken language) of the audience. Some masses are extremely long, while many others, like this one, are short. Since the traditional mass text is extremely lengthy, Missa Breves often use abbreviated or alternate versions of the words. My Missa Brevis uses a blend of old and new musical techniques, comes in five excerptible short movements, and is intended as a serious work written deliberately for developing singers. Special considerations have been made to ensure vocal lines are melodic and accessible, while the piano serves as an equal partner with the voices, providing texture and support across a variety of meters and modes. Ultimately, it is my hope that this work serves as an introduction to the form for young singers, and will spark a curiosity in them to learn more about some of the composers whose works inspired this one.
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***A PDF and MIDI preview of the first four movements is available NOW in the "overview" tab of Consortio***
Gloria in excelsis Deo
et in terra pax laudamus te, benedicimus te
adoramus te, glorificamus te Ubi caritas et amor
Deus ibi est
Sanctus, sanctus, sanctus
pleni sunt caeli et terra gloria tua
Dona nobis pacem
Lord have mercy
Christ have mercy
Lord have mercy
Glory to God in the highest
and on earth peace
we praise thee, we bless thee
we adore thee, we glorify thee
Where there is charity and love, God is there
Holy, holy, holy
heaven and earth are full of thy glory
Grant us peace
About Braeden Ayres
Welcome! My name is Braeden Ayres. I’m a composer, conductor, and music educator who believes that music and singing are for all people. As an artist, teacher, and conductor, my mission is to empower people, explore the human experience, and celebrate the human voice as a tool for self-expression. As a composer, my works vary widely in style, with pieces written especially for changing voices, high school choirs, and collegiate, community, and professional ensembles.
Though I’m still very much an emerging composer, I’m fortunate to have had my music premiered at national and state-level ACDA honor choirs, all-states, and at local choir concerts across the United States. My music is published with MusicSpoke, Carl Fischer, Hal Leonard Music, and Augsburg Fortress. I hold a Ph.D. in Choral Music Education (Florida State University), where my doctoral dissertation focused on choral composition for changing male voices. As such, I am a passionate advocate of adolescent music education, particularly for young men. I hold additional degrees from the University of Northern Colorado (MM, Choral Conducting) and Baylor University (BME, Music Education) and am a member of ACDA, NAfME, and ASCAP.
Before completing my doctorate, I served on the vocal faculty at Discovery Canyon Campus in Colorado Springs, Colorado, teaching 6-12 grade students with a team of exceptional educators. In my time at DCC, the campus's choral program tripled to over 500 students; over 100 singers were accepted into various Middle School All-State, High School All-State, and ACDA National Honor Choirs; and the Performing Arts Department was a finalist for the “Thomas S. Crawford Team of the Year Award." During this time, I also served as the Assistant Artistic Director of “Out Loud: The Colorado Springs Men’s Chorus” and was an inaugural board member of the Colorado Middle School All-State Choir. I'm proud to bring my passion for education into my work as a composer, as I strive to write interesting and highly-crafted music for all kinds of voices and skill levels.
Braedon is passionate about creating quality music for young singers. His experience with the changing male voice is especially important in promoting appropriate choral literature for use by middle and high schools educators. I really appreciate his dedication to our young singers!