Missa Lolcat (Alexandra Uitdenbogerd)

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  • (Posted 2018-06-20)  CPDL #50220:  Icon_pdf_globe.gif
Editor: Alexandra Uitdenbogerd (submitted 2018-06-20).   Score information: A4, 11 pages, 941 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: This edition consists of the three Credo movements and the Sanctus. The Credo is largely based on the Lolcat Bible version of the Nicene Creed, with minor alterations.

General Information

Title: Missa Lolcat
Composer: Alexandra Uitdenbogerd
Lyricist: Alexandra Uitdenbogerd

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SecularMass

Language: LOLCat
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 2018
Description: Missa Lolcat was first proposed in discussions with Din, and finally received the impetus to be created, about 10 years later for the ROCS Internet-themed concert. Lolcats are photos of cats with, hopefully humorous, captions. Through the culture of lolcats, a dialect evolved that is sometimes called lolspeak, but otherwise also called lolcat. Various characters and themes became a part of lolcats: Ceiling Cat, Basement Cat, Hover Cat, Happy Cat, Long Cat, and others. Some of these characters were adopted for the lolcat version of the Bible. Missa Lolcat attempts to create a lolcat version of a choral mass. For the original text created for this work, I followed the guidelines of the Lolcat Bible project. The Credo is mostly taken from the lolcat Nicene Creed published on the lolcat Bible website. Musically, this work has the attention span of a cat, bouncing from one style to another within movements as well as between them. There are debts owed to Handel, Mozart, Rossini, Bulgarian music and African music. My own quirky tendencies in composition are also evident. There have been no attempts to advance musical knowledge, with each movement directly inspired by the words. The work is primarily dedicated to Din, who was the inspiration behind the work, and who was a consultant, and almost co-author in developing the text. I also dedicate it to Hannah, Sally, Kelvin and Adil, whose enthusiasm gave me the energy to keep going.

The freely downloadable edition is an extract consisting of the three Credo movements and the Sanctus.

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