- Title: Agnus Dei
- Composer: Conrad Askland
- Vocal: Karen Etheridge and Carlotta Diggs
- Released: 2002
- Album: New Faces Vol Four
- Label: Road Records
- Copyright: © 2002 Conrad Askland
- Style: Christian, classical, orchestration, church, opera
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Agnus Dei – New Faces Vol. 4
LATIN LYRICS – AGNUS DEI
Agnus Dei, qui tolis peccata mundi,
ENGLISH LYRICS – AGNUS DEI
Lamb of God, who take away sins of world,
have mercy on us.
I have always wanted to write a Mass, which is several different parts. One of those is the Agnus Dei. An alto and mezzo-soprano/soprano duet for strings and piano. Later I wrote another part of the mass, the “Gloria” which you may find on this website. (The Gloria is with full chorus as it is traditionally performed).
I actually do have a specific visualization of this piece. I have always wanted to write for movies, but as of yet have not done much of that. This piece to me is what Hannibal Lecter would listen to while drinking a glass of wine, pondering his next macabre move. Lecter in Silence of the Lambs would often listen to classical music and opera. I think this piece would be perfect for that type of scene.
The piece is classical and retro, but it is actually meant as an underscore to a contrasting mood.