WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART
CORONATION MASS in C Major, K.317 (23:28)
Kyrie Gloria Credo
Sanctus Benedictus Agnus Dei
FANFARE FOR FESTIVALS (7:43)
ODE TO SAINT CECILIA (14:37)
The coming together of such diverse musical forces to create this recording could not have happened a decade ago in Fort Worth, Texas. But times have changed considerably for this frontier town of the Old West, by bringing forth a new frontier that is part of a maturing, creative America with a vital, grass-roots involvement and concern for the Arts.
The Texas Boys Choir is one of the six founding members of the Arts Council of Greater Fort Worth. Its activities in the Arts are varied and numerous, supplying choirboys for appearances with the Fort Worth Opera, Symphony and Ballet.
Each year The Texas Boys Choir appears in approximately forty programs for the public schools; thirty to fifty civic and club programs; maintains its two six-week national tours annually for Columbia Artists Management, Inc., and completes a recording schedule each spring following tours. One hundred choirboys in training is the basis for this extensive boy choir operation from America's Southwest.
Boy choirs have been closely associated with liturgical religions since their inception. Some such institutions have existed for a thousand years the Regensburger Domspatzen, Canterbury, and St. Paul's, London to name just three. The Vienna Choirboys, founded in 1498, were brought into existence by Maximilian I of Austria when he imported his first choirboys and choirmaster from the Netherlands. These world-famous singers continue even now the regular Sunday custom of providing music for the "Imperial Chapel," their "Hofkapelle."
Lacking a "Hofkapelle," The Texas Boys Choir occasionally joins forces with Fort Worth's Choir of Holy Family Catholic Church to perform major musical liturgical works, both Classical and Contemporary. It was for just such a purpose that the Choir of Holy Family Church was organized just eight years ago. One such sampling is included in this recording.
The "Coronation" Mass of Mozart dates from March 1779, when it was the Salzburg custom to crown the local statue of St. Mary, the Queen of Heaven. This recorded performance, the result of a concert for the Convention of the Texas Conference of Churches, incorporates three generations of Texas Boys Choir members. Master Victor Lederer, soprano who learned his part in only ten days, is of the current vintage. The alto, Mr. Donald Collup, a remarkable boy soprano in his treble days, had just finished two years as tour accompanist when this recording was made. Texas Boys Choir Director Steve Stevens, tenor, was himself a member of The Texas Boys Choir in the years 1958-1960. Mr. Charles Austin is the leading bass of Holy Family Choir.
The "Fanfare for Festivals" and Dryden's "Ode to St. Cecilia" are both by Noel Goemanne, one of Christendom's current great composers and an innovator of liturgical music. These compositions are part of a Renaissance in Roman Catholic music taking place at Holy Family Church. "Fanfare for Festivals" is dedicated to Rev. Msgr. Vincent J. Wolf, V.G., whose love and understanding of Music as the handmaid of Worship has allowed the service of music to be lifted to the highest levels of Excellence. The various parts of this composition may be used as a suite, individually or in any combination. The text of Parts III and IV are a Latin and English version of Psalm 116.
The "Ode to St. Cecilia," in honor of the Patron Saint of Music, is a concert work in celebration of the life of one of our local citizens, Mrs. J. Lee Johnson III. Her devotion to the cause and development of Art throughout America, particularly the Southwest and Fort Worth, has resulted in: the means for the creation of beautiful architecture, the establishment of museums, the beautification of neglected and forgotten places, the development of medical facilities, and the improvement of the quality for music-making in Fort Worth. It is the gift of Mrs. Johnson and her mother, Mrs. Nenetta Burton Carter, that made possible the magnificent Frels Organ, the Carter Memorial Organ, featured in this recording.
We would be neglectful if we failed to mention one other ingredient of the important music-making catalystic group present in the life of the Choir of Holy Family Church: Mr. and Mrs. F. Howard Walsh. These generous citizens of Fort Worth have done much to enhance the work of The Texas Boys Choir and to create a better life for music and the people of our community. They happen to be Baptists, but their relating knows no bounds. Mr. and Mrs. Walsh made possible the pressing of this recording, which is the first in a series utilizing the Choir of Holy Family Church with The Texas Boys Choir of Fort Worth.
George Bragg, the Director of the Choir of Holy Family Church, and conductor of this recording, is also Founder-Director of The Texas Boys Choir of Fort Worth. His greatest ambition is just beginning to be realized: to create a center of community-related choral activity so important that others throughout the United States will see the possibilities within their own communities and rise to the challenge, thereby beginning a re-birth, a Renaissance of singing for the American people throughout the Nation.
James Kibbie was elected by a committee to be the first to fill the post of Organist at Holy Family Church for the Carter Memorial Organ. He holds a Bachelor of Music in Organ and a Master of Music in Organ from North Texas State University and is a student of Donald Willing.
CONDUCTOR: GEORGE BRAGG
PRODUCER: STEVE STEVENS
ENGINEER: PAUL BROWN
Recorded at Holy Family Catholic Church,
Fort Worth, Texas
The Treble Series signifies the use of male voices for
principle solos in historical works, as indicated.
OTHER ALBUMS IN THIS SERIES:
HAYDN MISSA BREVIS
THE CONTINENTAL SOLDIER