The Glagolitic Mass, written between 1926 and 1927, is not only one of Janacek's most important works: it is also a masterpiece of the twentieth-century choral repertoire. In this fascinating account of the work and its history, Paul Wingfield brings together material from early articles and reviews, letters and manuscripts which form a comprehensive account of the work's genesis and performance history. Several important documents appear in print for the first time. The author also provides a thorough revision of the Old Church Slavonic text along with English translation, and reconstructs Janacek's 'ideal' version of the work - far more exciting and original than the less adventurous rearrangement currently performed. Chapters on the music itself offer a full synopsis of the Glagolitic Mass, the first in-depth discussion of its musical organisation and a selection of key interpretations of the piece by Janacek and others.
"Wingfield offers pragmatic musical and textual solutions to changes and omissions in the score that have surfaced over time. Conductors should not embark on a performance of this masterwork without consulting this valuable handbook." Choral Journal