The Mass is based on a joyful, syncopated rhythm. The melodic lines are beautiful, especially in the soprano and tenor solo parts. The choral part is very candid, following traditional four-part writing. The orchestration is at times thick, relying heavily on the percussion instruments. The intermezzo contrasts with the rest of the composition in the intricate contrapuntal writing for the divided string orchestra. The composition is available in three different versions:
Solos, Chorus, Piano, and Percussions
Solos, Chorus, and Chamber Orchestra
Solos, Chorus, and Symphony Orchestra
The composition is dedicated to the memory of my friend Massimo Archetti.