joshua edward music
KYRIE ELEISON - FOR SSATB CHOIR
Kyrie Eleison is a vocal cry for mercy. In this modern iteration of a traditional piece of the Catholic Mass, Edward creates a sonic plea that encapsulates the dire realities of our time.
Structurally, the piece is built in three sections that move through the major partitions of the Ancient Jewish Temple (the outer court, the inner court, and the Holy of Holies). Each section represents a journey from despair towards hope. Eventually, the ensemble trades Kyrie for Christe, reaching out to Jesus Christ as the one hope that transcends all things.
This recording comes from the piece's world premiere on October 29th, 2017 and features Turner Staton, Nathaniel Thompson, Angelo Silva, Preston Hereford, Danielle Adair, Abigail Gast, Rebecca Calix and Emma Ujifusa.