From act-of-worship to concert repertoire, music for the mass has grown in scope, over the years, to divorce itself from a purely liturgical function and take on an independent life in the concert hall.

Roderick Swanston examines that process - from the gargantuan mass-settings of the early Baroque to the works of more modern composers such as Delius, Janacek and Britten who have used the form to make quite new, original and sometimes secular musical statements.

Broadcast Dates

  • 20040725 (Radio 3)