"Agnus Dei (from Missa Lorca), by Corrado Margutti (b.1974), Spanish/Latin text, Astrum Music, AS 34.010, SATB, SSATTB soli, a cappella. Biting, complex harmonies dominate this fine setting of the Agnus Dei which uses traditional Latin and the poem entitled "World" by Spanish poet and writer Federico Garcia Lorca (1898-1936). The Lorca poem, translated by Corrado Margutti, is taken from a larger work entitled "Ode to the Most Holy Sacrament of the Altar." The rhythms are simply constructed with the half note getting the beat. The difficulty lies in the large forces and accomplished soloists needed for this work and in the harmonies, which are spectacular but definitely challenging. Margutti was born in Turin, Italy, and continues to reside and work in that country. The "Agnus Dei" was commissioned by the Torino vocal ensemble, Carlo Pavese conductor. The first performance was in Savona, Italy, on June 16, 2002 in the Church of San Giuseppe. The entire mass was commissioned by St. Jacob's Chamber Choir of Stoccolma, Italy, under the direction of Gary Graden. Difficulty rating 4."