Category:   ETHNIC MUSIC
Composer:   Lee R. Kesselman
Arranger:   NA
Publisher:   Boosey & Hawkes
Edition:   48021023
Voicing:   SSA
Setting:   Accompanied


Jonathan Kopplin
Richfield High School
R&R Chair Ethnic Music

Munoera is an excerpt from Lee Kesselman’s larger work, Shona Mass. Combining the Shona language of Zimbabwe with traditional Latin, Munoera is the “Sanctus” portion from the mass ordinaries. The various percussion instruments provide the rhythmic foundation in 12/8 meter alternating between duple and triple figures. The key shifts back and forth between F major and B flat major with B flat serving as the key for the “Hosanna” sections of the text. Written for an SSA vocal ensemble the voicing is flexible enough to be performed by a men’s ensemble or mixed choir. Overall, the Munoera is an outstanding festive piece to add to your normal concert year, or a piece to consider for a larger festival.