Lenten Music: Kyrie by Louis Vierne (from Solemn Mass)
I have loved the Kyrie from Louis Vierne’s Solemn Mass since college, where a choir I was in sang it and I was privileged to be the organist. It was written for St. Sulpice in Paris, (where it was premiered with Widor at the Grand Organ and Vierne at the Choir Organ), so it uses two organs and choir, although there are also arrangements for one organ. So here are two recordings. The first has the choir (from Westminster Cathedral) singing the text of the Kyrie (Kyrie eleison, Christe eleison, Kyrie eleison) (Lord, have mercy, Christ, have mercy, Lord, have mercy), and the second is an instrumental version done particularly well. Enjoy!