Jacob Bancks
Mass for All Saints

Mixed chorus (SATB), soprano, mezzo-soprano, baritone soloists
& chamber orchestra
DURATION: 35 minutes
TEXT: from the Roman Missal
Six-movement mass inspired by religious art depicting images
of all the saints gathered in heaven.

 

 

 

World Premiere
September 2009
Millennium Chamber Players
Jennifer Macfarlane-Haworth, Joanna Wernette and Brad Jungwirth, soloists
Robert Katkov-Trevino, conductor
St. John Berchmans Church
Chicago, IL

 
  Fra Angelico's 'All Saints' 

Soli Deo Gloria commissioned award-winning composer Jacob Bancks to write a six movement mass for choir, soloists and chamber orchestra. Meditative, celebratory, reverent and joyous, Bancks’ work is inspired by images of all the saints gathered in heaven: “…and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne" (Revelation 7:9)

Inspired by religious art depicting this “great multitude” from the Book of Revelation, Bancks reflected on the inspiration behind his Mass for All Saints:

"Artistic depictions of the saints intrigue me to no end. In my work as a church musician in the Archdiocese of Chicago, I’ve had the opportunity to see scads of religious art, good and bad, at dozens of parishes. While statues, paintings, and stained glass windows of individual saints can be interesting in themselves, I personally find any representation of a host of saints — all the saints — overwhelmingly fascinating. Rather than replicating their earthly lives (like the ubiquitous statues of St. Francis of Assisi, animals in tow), depictions of all the saints show them gathered in the afterlife, a motley crowd of extremely diverse, extremely imperfect people from every era, nation and race.”—Jacob Bancks

In the days leading up to the premiere, Soli Deo Gloria CEO Chandler Branch had a chance to speak with composer about his inspiration as a composer and his emotional connection to the work.