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Missa Gaia / Earth Mass

by Paul Winter

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Ellen Schwindt
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Ellen Schwindt This is a wonderful work. The incorporation followed by the replies in the voices and the instruments communicates the idea of inter-being well in an emotionally rich way. I'm so glad to hear it. Do you have scores or parts available and have community/church choirs performed parts of this in other places than NYC?
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Kyrie 05:33
Beatitudes 06:51
Mystery 05:59
Sun Psalm 01:57
Agnus Dei 05:36


A Mass in celebration of Mother Earth, recorded live in the Cathedral of St. John the Divine and the Grand Canyon.

Integrating world music with songs from the wild to celebrate the whole earth as a sacred space, the MISSA GAIA is performed annually on the first Sunday in October in the Cathedral of St John the Divine in New York. It was commissioned by the Dean of the Cathedral as a contemporary ecumencial Mass.

Recorded in the Grand Canyon and during two performances in the Cathedral, the album of this popular contemporary Mass for the Earth features the Paul Winter Consort, Susan Osborn, the voices of wolf, whale, eagle, harp seal, Amazonian musical wren, Russian loon, and the choruses of the Cathedral.

"Winter and company have achieved a distinguished triumph in combining divergent music styles and imaginatively wedding voices, instrumentation and recorded sounds of a tundra wolf, canyon and musical wrens, harp seals, a flight of loons and singing humpback whales." (THE BOSTON GLOBE)


released October 15, 1982

Produced by: Paul Winter, Oscar Castro-Neves, Chris Brown

Paul Winter - soprano sax
Nancy Rumbel - oboe and English horn
Eugene Friesen - cello
Jim Scott - classical and 12-string guitar
Susan Osborn - voice
Paul Halley - organ and piano
Ted Moore - percussion
Gordon Johnson - bass
Jim Saporito - percussion
Guilherme Franco - percussion
Phil Markowitz - piano on 'Beatitudes'


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Paul Winter is a seven-time Grammy-winning saxophonist, whose sextet was the first jazz group to perform at the White House in 1962. His second group, the Paul Winter Consort, interweaves sounds from the natural world with classical and ethnic traditions, and the spontaneous spirit of jazz. Their annual Winter Solstice Celebrations and Earth Mass are among the most popular events in New York. ... more

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