‘Alegria’ is an education piece for children of primary school age. It focuses on aspects of rhythm and ostinato, and it is based on the flamenco principle of 3+3+2+2+2 (12 beat cycle). Flamenco music is based on Spanish gypsy music, and is often accompanied by clapping, so there are clapping parts included for members of the orchestra. The audience may learn the simple clapping patterns so they can accompany the orchestra when they hear the patterns. The central section in 5/8 is intended as an asymmetrical contrast to the duple and triple meters of the outer sections. “Alegria” means ‘joy’ or ‘happiness’ in Spanish.
This setting of the Kyrie from the Latin Mass is the first movement of ‘Missa semplice’. Having had for some time an intention to compose a Mass setting of modest proportions, in 2006 I wrote the work incorporating some other texts in English. The work was originally scored for three-part mixed voices (SAB). This re-working of ‘Kyrie’ for treble voices was made for Rangitoto College’s choir ‘Perfect Fourths’ at the request of conductor Bianca Abelskamp.