Chrism Mass Composition Contest

July 15, 2015 in All Opportunities, Composers by newmusicscotland

Chrism Mass Composition Contest

The Chrism Mass is usually celebrated in a diocese during holy week in the cathedral church. During the liturgy the sacred oils used for anointing in the sacraments of baptism, confirmation, the sick and holy orders are blest. Composers should bear in mind that a lengthy procession at the entrance rite usually occurs to facilitate a large number of concelebrating clergy with the bishop(s); thus, creative extensions are welcome. Because of the festive nature of the Chrism Mass, additional instruments would commonly be added and include brass, tympani and woodwinds. Less common would be a string orchestra, though solo string players would not be uncommon.
TEXTS TO BE SET

The Entrance Antiphon with psalm verses is to be set for congregation, choir and organ in a responsorial style with optional independent instrumental parts [preferably brass quintet or quartet & timpani]. Ideally the antiphon is set for congregational singing with the psalm verses for choir and or a cantor. Solo or choral verses would be welcome.
The Communion Antiphon with psalm verses is to be set for congregation, choir and organ in a responsorial style. Optional instruments are desirable but not required for the setting of this antiphon and psalm. Ideally the antiphon is set for congregational singing with the psalm verses for choir and or a cantor.
CONTEST RULES & DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS

The name of the composer must not appear on the score.
The official entry form must be submitted with the compositions. ( Click here to download.)
Manuscripts must be typeset and sent in 8.5” x 11” format.
Manuscripts must be sent electronically as a PDF document.
Any entry not conforming to this standard will be disqualified. The submission may have been previously performed, but must be unpublished and cannot have won a prize in any other competition. No member of the CRCCM Composition Competition Committee may submit an entry.
A single prize of $1,500 USD will be awarded to the composer of the winning settings. In the event that only one of the antiphon settings is deemed a winning setting, half of the prize will be awarded to the composer. If, in the opinion of the judges, no entries are worthy of the prize, it shall not be awarded.
The Official Entry Form at www.crccm.org must be submitted with the compositions. Deadline for submission is by November 30, 2015. Results of the competition will be announced in January 2016. Publication of the works are at the discretion of the composer.
SUBMISSION

Send electronically to: contest@crccm.org

Chrism Mass Texts
Entrance Antiphon: Rv 1: 6
Jesus Christ has made us into a kingdom, priests for his God and Father.
To him be glory and power for ever and ever. Amen.
(Psalm 4: 1-4, 6-9: GS, pp. 123-124; or Revelation 4: 11; 5: 9, 10, 12)
Psalm 4:2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 9
1. I called, the God of justice gave me answer; *
from anguish you released me, have mercy and hear me!

2. Children of man, how long will my glory be dishonored, *
will you love what is futile and seek what is false?

3. Know that the lord works wonders for his faithful one; *
the lord will hear me whenever I call him.

4. Offer right sacrifice, *
and trust in the Lord.

5. “What can bring us happiness?” many say. *
Lift up the light of your face on us, O Lord.

6. You have put into my heart a greater joy *
than abundance of grain and new wine can provide.

7. In peace I will lie down and fall asleep, *
for you alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety.

8. Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, *
and to the Holy Spirit.
As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, *
world without end. Amen.

Revelation 4: 11; 5: 9, 10, 12
1. “Worthy are you, Lord our God,
to receive glory and honor and power,
for you created all things;
because of your will they came to be and were created.”

2. “Worthy are you to receive the scroll
and to break open its seals,
for you were slain and with your blood you purchased for God
those from every tribe and tongue, people and nation.

3. You made them a kingdom and priests for our God,
and they will reign on earth.”

4. “Worthy is the Lamb that was slain
to receive power and riches, wisdom and strength,
honor and glory and blessing.”

5. Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, *
and to the Holy Spirit.
As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, *
world without end. Amen.

Communion Antiphon: Ps 88: 2
I will sing for ever of your mercies, O Lord;
through all ages my mouth will proclaim your fidelity.
(Psalm 88[89]: 2-6, 16-19: GR, Praenotanda, no. 1)
Psalm 89 (88): 2-3, 4-5, 6, 16-17, 18-19
1. I will sing forever of your mercies, O Lord; *
through all ages my mouth will proclaim your fidelity.
I have declared your mercy is established forever; *
your fidelity stands firm as the heavens.

2. “With my chosen one I have made a covenant; *
I have sworn to David my servant:
I will establish your descendants forever, *
and set up your throne through all ages.”

3. The heavens praise your wonders, O Lord, *
your fidelity in the assembly of your holy ones.

4. How blessed the people who know your praise, *
who walk, O lord, in the light of your face,
who find their joy every day in your name, *
who make your justice their joyful acclaim.

5. For you are the glory of their strength; *
by your favor it is that our might is exalted.
Behold, the lord is our shield; *
he is the Holy One of Israel, our king.

6. Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, *
and to the Holy Spirit.
As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, *
world without end. Amen.