- 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.
Loved listening to these ladies!
And your description is so apt I’ve
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.