Agnus Dei

  • 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

Agnus Dei, qui tolis peccata mundi,
miserere nobis.

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.

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2 comments for “Agnus Dei

  1. anonymous
    June 25, 2010 at 2:54 am

    Loved listening to these ladies!

    And your description is so apt I’ve
    got goose-bumps.

  2. July 13, 2010 at 5:22 am

    This is one of my favorite recordings I’ve done. And it’s because there’s something sterile about it that make it very intriguing to me – like the description I gave above.

    It was also fun because it was not part of any project – I just had a soprano and alto say “Would you write a classical duet for us?” and I gave them this. Most of the music I do is for a project – very rare that I just sit down and write something for the heck of it.

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