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Maria Faust “Mass of Mary” feat. Collegium Musicale

MASS of MARY (sometimes called MARY’S MASS) is a sacral musical work by Estonian saxophonist and composer Maria Faust, commissioned by and written for the Estonian chamber choir Collegium Musicale and a small horn ensemble conducted by Endrik Üksvärav. The piece premiered in Tallinn during August of 2020 for a live audience which included Estonian President Kersti Kaljulaid and was broadcast live on Estonian National Radio.

The composition is dedicated to victims of domestic violence and abuse – problems which affect individuals and families across regions, nationalities, races, genders, and economic and educational statuses. In creating MASS of MARY, Faust employed traditional classical mass compositional forms and techniques as well as sacred texts from liturgical masses, then adding original stories from the perspectives of a Mother, a Child, and Society – the latter acting as a vehicle of social judgement, retraumatizing victims as they recount their e...

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Line up:
  • Collegium Musicale – chamber choir
  • Endrik Üksvärav - dirigent
  • Maria Faust - altsax
  • Anders Banke - basklarinet
  • Tomasz Dabrowsky - trompet
  • Peter Dahlgren - trombone

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