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Missa Gaia
Earth Mass



The Paul Winter Consort
and Friends

A contemporary celebration of God's creation, with the voices of wolf, whale and loon. Recorded in the world's largest gothic cathedral and the Grand Canyon.



Pelagos no longer carries this CD since, contrary to law, the label of record does not pay statutory mechanical royalties to composers and publishers.

Choral octavo of
Missa Gaia

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To listen to sound clips, see track list below.

 
   


featuring
The Paul Winter Consort
The Choirs of The Cathedral of St. John the Divine
directed by Paul Halley, Organist & Choirmaster
Susan Osborn
and Eugene Friesen


 

   

DESCRIPTION

A Mass in celebration of the earth recorded live in the Cathedral of St. John The Divine and the Grand Canyon.

A jubilant, contemporary Mass setting created by Paul Winter, Paul Halley, and Jim Scott with additional songs by Kim Oler, Jeremy Geffen and Dorival Caymmi. This live concert album was the first recording made of this 1981 ground-breaking, musical work.



To read Paul Wnter's remarks
about the genesis of Missa Gaia Earth Mass
CLICK HERE.

To read Dean of the Cathedral, James Parks Morton's remarks
about Missa Gaia Earth Mass
CLICK HERE.

 

 


TRACKS

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1. 
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Canticle of Brother Sun 
Words:
St. Francis
Book of Job
adapt. P. Winter
Music:
J. Scott, P. Winter
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2. 
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Kyrie
Words:
Greek
Music:
Tundra Wolf
P. Halley, P. Winter
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3. 
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Beatitudes
Words:
Gospel of
St. Matthew
Music:
J. Scott
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4.
 ◙♫
Mystery
Words & Music:
J. Geffen

5. 
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Return To Gaia
Music:

Improvisation by
P. Halley, P. Winter

6. 
◙♫
For The Beauty
of the Earth
Music:
Trad.
arr. P. Winter

7.  ◙♫
Adoro Te Devote
Words:
St. Thomas Aquinas
Music:
Gregorian Chant
arr. P. Halley
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8.   ◙♫
For The Beauty
of the Earth
Words:
F. S. Pierpont
Music:
Trad.
arr. P. Halley
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9. 
◙♫
Sanctus and
Benedictus
Words:
Roman Rite
Music:
Humpback whale
P. Halley,
P. Winter,
O. Castro-Neves
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10.  ◙♫
Stained Glass
Morning
Music:
Improvisation by
E. Friesen

11. 
◙♫
Sun Psalm
Music:
Improvisation by
P. Halley, P. Winter

12. 
◙♫
The Promise
of a Fisherman
Words:
Trad. Brazilian
Music:

D. Caymmi

13.  ◙♫
The Blue Green
Hills of Earth
Words & Music:
K. Oler
arr. P. Halley
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14. 
◙♫
Agnus Dei
Words:
Roman Rite
Music:

Harp seals
J. Scott, P. Winter

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15. 
◙♫
Let Us Go Forth
In Peace
Words:
St. Francis
Book of Job
adapt. P. Winter
Music:
J. Scott, P. Winter

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Items with catalogue numbers indicate that published octavos are available.

 

All compositions 
by Paul Halley
Back Alley Music
(ASCAP)
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Pelagos Incorporated


Pelagos no longer carries this CD.

Choral octavo of
Missa Gaia

Click here to read more and order!


These following
pieces are
available as
published music
for choirs in
choral octavo
Catalogue No.
HL 08744396:
Opening Canticle
Kyrie
Beatitudes
Sanctus & Benedictus
Blue Green Hills
Agnus Dei
Let Us Go Forth


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on this octavo
and instrumental parts,

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Rose window and nave of
The Cathedral of St. John The Divine, New York, NY

 
     
  REVIEWS
from
Amazon.com - Bob Zeidler's Listmania

This is an ecumenical, ecological world view of how the idea and the form of liturgical music might be adapted to a celebration of Mother Earth as much as it is a CD full of performance highlights.

At risk of playing favorites, Paul Winter and Paul Halley do some of their best work in "Return to Gaia." Both are at the top of their form here; Halley's extended organ improvisation reminds us of what Virgil Fox was capable of doing so brilliantly on his better days. "Sanctus and Benedictus" is guaranteed to bring your musical muscles and bones alive, but be advised that it's probably not a good idea to listen to it while driving an automobile! And the several tracks that feature Susan Osborn showcase a wonderful and totally unique gospel voice that causes one to ask, "How do we get to hear more of Ms. Osborn?"

As much as the music is ecumenical in its inspiration, it is equally ecumenical in its usage of musical instruments. Human musicians and the music of various fauna species peacefully coexist in this joyous music. With only moderately careful listening, you can also experience the inventive coexistence of sitar, electric bass and a battery of world percussion with the more usual instruments in the Paul Winter Consort (if oboe, English horn, cello and pipe organ can be called "usual") as well as all of the outstanding singing by the remarkable Ms. Osborn and the chorus of the Cathedral of St. John the Divine. The electric bass riff in "The Promise of a Fisherman" (based on the Afro-Brazilian chant "Iemanja") stands out, and adds further testimony to Paul Winter's own musical ecumenicism.

An essential Paul Winter Consort "classic." Sheer joy from start to finish. Highly recommended!

- Bob Zeidler                         
 
  from Amazon.com Customer Reviews

Astounding
The Missa Gaia is, by far, the most amazing choral work I have ever heard. To put it bluntly, Paul Winter and Paul Halley are geniuses. I had the privilege of performing this work with the entire Paul Winter Consort and three of the four composers of the Missa Gaia two days ago at the St. Bartholomew's Cathedral in New York City. Very few choral works have given me chills when I sang them - this one succeeded. Buy the CD. You won't regret it.

- Evan Kinney

A mystical dance of love celebrating all of life.
I first heard this album in the mid 80's on the celebration of the 800th anniversary of the birth of Saint Francis of Assisi, a mystic who renewed the Church and reunited humanity with mother earth. The music brings together the Colorado River and the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York, wolves, whales and loons, cathedral choirs and native dancers. It is a fully human celebration of all of creation and the wonder of the Creator. This rare and creative work needs to be felt and imagined, not just heard. It has the power to transport, to enliven and to heal the soul. It will always remain a classic for me.

- anonymous

An outstanding accomplishment!
Those acquainted with the liturgy of the Roman Catholic Church, or similar liturgies, will recognize traditional themes in many of these compositions, expressed in fresh new ways, including the sounds of nature as part of the arrangements. But even for those without these same roots, there is reverence and beauty expressed in lyric, tune, and interpretation. This is true thanksgiving and awe at the wonders that surround us in the earth in which we live.

- anonymous
 
 
     
   

 

A Concert Performance of Missa Gaia,
Christchurch, NZ with Paul Halley and Nick Halley

     
   



Maori women at Missa Gaia,
Christchurch, NZ

     
   
Maori dancers at Missa Gaia,
Christchurch, NZ

 
     
   

CREDITS

Artists
The Paul Winter Consort

The Cathedral Chorus
and The Choristers of The Cathedral of St. John the Divine,
directed by Paul Halley, Organist and Choirmaster



The Paul Winter Consort

Paul Winter – soprano saxophone
Paul Halley - organ and piano
Jim Scott classical and 12-string guitar & vocals
Susan Osborn - vocals
Eugene Friesen - cello
Nancy Rumbel - oboe and English horn
Gordon Johnson – bass
Ted Moore – percussion
Jim Saporito - percussion
Guilherme Franco - percussion
Marcio Sapel - percussion
Phil Markowitz - piano on Beatitudes


The Cathedral Chorus
Gil Robbins, Conductor
Bruce Fifer, Contractor

Peter Atherton

Jennifer Brown
Nancy Coker
Michael Dash
David Dusing
William Hall
Bonnie Hamilton
Randy Hansen
Cindy Richards Hewes
Stephen Montgomery
Dora Ohrenstein
Maitland Peters
Adele Robbins
Jon Rollins
Gene Rickard
David Smith
Lloyd Thompkins
Cliff Townsend
Leo Warbington


The Cathedral Choristers

Paul Halley, Conductor
Temidayo Akinyemi
Rani Arbo
Christa Chang
Joanna Clymer
Niels Engberg
Ian Ford
Julius Ford
Laura Hildesley
Harry Kakatsakis
Jonathan Margulies
Sophia Morton
Samera Nasarredin
David Owen
Samantha Skolnik
Maxim Weintraub


Production

Produced by Paul Winter and Oscar Castro-Neves

Chris Brown, Associate Producer

Recorded and mixed by Dixon Van Winkle and Chris Brown

Location recording in the Grand Canyon by Mickey Houlihan

Mastered at Masterdisk, NY by Robert Ludwig

Recording Assistance:
Fedco Audio Labs: Tom Arrison, Pat Downes, Randall Thomas, Bill Strauss
Snow Sound: Brad Snow

Production coordinator: Cathy Rawlins
Production staff: Nora Percival, Duane Mortensen,
David MacLeod, Mary Schoonmaker,
Werner Tiedman


Recorded at The Cathedral of St. John the Divine, New York, NY
and the Gran Canyon

The Cathedral rose window photograph by Leland Cook

Cover design by Christina Watkins

Package design by Randy Weyant, KatArt Graphics





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