I am in a very old relationship with Gemma Vocal Ensemble.
Our friendship with this ensemble, founded by former students of Zoltán Kodály Choir School Budapest (leaded by Ferenc Sapszon jr.), began some time in year 1999. Later they performed for the first time two choir works of mine: Surprised at the life (2002), and Te lucis ante terminum (2003). They are characterised by crystal-clear sound and deep spirituality, so I felt myself very happy when their leader, Márton Tóth, just before las Christmas, gave me their new-released CD, containing my work Missa Lux et Origo, at the same time invited me to the album-presenting concert on January 28, 2017.
This strange mass was written for the commission of György Béres, one of the most important performers of Gregorian chant in Hungary, originally for 5-part female choir, in 2004.
The work contains 5 movements: Kyrie, Gloria, Sanctus, Agnus Dei and a short Ite, missa est. Its speciality is the atmosphere and choir-handling standing very close to the Renaissance (at that time I listened much music from Palestrina), and the responsorial structure which appears in many movements: one line of the text is intonated with Gregorian chant, the next line is my own music, and so on. When I composed this piece, I was not convinced by well-function of this structure: I was not sure whether the Gregorian chant, which appears constantly in this movements, will not make the musical process too fragmented? The elapsed time answered this question: the ancient church melody can build a firm line through the whole work, keeps the structure together – the artistic effect is not damaged.