The World Beloved: A Bluegrass Mass (Sing a New Song Series). By Carol Barnett. Vocal Score. BH Large Choral. 88 pages. Boosey & Hawkes #M051478262. Published by Boosey & Hawkes (HL.48019834).
The solemnity of the classical-based Mass joins together with the down-home sparkle of bluegrass to create a work that is unique in scope, and a beautiful union of seemingly disparate musical traditions. The composer hopes that listeners coming from one tradition–classical or bluegrass–and perhaps dubious about the other, might discover something new and wonderful in the combination, as she has. Text by Marisha Chamberlain.