More about the Mayfield Mass
This is a setting of the new translation of the Mass, which came in from 2011. There is only one English version of the words of the Mass for Catholic congregations all over the world.
I have written settings for all the parts of the Mass which are recommended to be sung, and also given the notes
for the Missal chants to lead up to them, if the priest prefers to use the Missal chants instead of the music here.
So this means we have Penitential Acts B and C (A is the Confiteor), a simple Kyrie (Lord, have mercy),
the Mayfield Gloria
(which was the first part of this Mass to be written), the Preface Dialogue, the Sanctus, three possible Memorial Acclamations, the Great Amen and the Agnus Dei (Lamb of God).
The settings are written for voice, keyboard and (usually) recorder, but you are welcome to find other combinations that work - we know of one church using a saxophone
to good effect. For those who want them, there are separate lead sheets with guitar chords for Kyrie, Sanctus, Mayfield Gloria and Agnus Dei,
and also sheets with the melody for Bflat Clarinet. For the shorter parts of the Mass, we have added the guitar chords to the standard sheet music.
We have also included the people's parts set out so that you can download them with the Gloria on one side of an A4 sheet, and the other main parts on the other side.
You are welcome to download the PDFs and MP3s free for use in your local church.
We are always glad to receive feedback.
Read what Kate writes about this week's music
or explore her Music for Mass Blog.
The Mayfield Mass
"Its simplicity, its richness, its ability to bring the parts of the mass into an accessible form
that people at home can quickly learn to love and sing themselves,
and it's practicality ... far surpasses anything else I've found.
Unlike so many other masses it is not exclusive to voice/piano or voice/guitar
but can switch fluidly from one to the other, it's wonderful."
Written by: BB, Church Musician in the USA