The Holy Spirit Mass was commissioned by The National Lutheran Choir in commemoration of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation at The National Cathedral in Washington, D.C. in 2017.
The Mass texts are interwoven with the 9th-century Veni Creator Spiritus and Martin Luther’s hymn Come Holy Ghost, God and Lord. Its themes include mercy, praise and peace and the work celebrates hope for a united future and reconciliation throughout the world.
This wonderful composition has something for everyone – it is in turn exquisite, calm, glorious, and powerful. Like a film score, it leads you through the emotional ups and downs and twists of a story.
Kim André Arnesen was born in 1980 in Norway and is one of the world's most frequently performed contemporary, choral composers. He was a chorister in the Nidaros Cathedral Boys’ Choir and was later educated at the Music Conservatory in Trondheim. His music has sold in 6-figure numbers and been performed in more than 30 countries.