To Hope! A Celebration (1980)

To Hope! A Celebration

A Sacred Mass
1980 | 40 min
Text selected from Revised Roman Rituals with added original text by Iola Brubeck

Chorus & Brass Quintet, Percussion, Organ, Cel & Strings
Orchestra:,timp,2 perc,org,cel,str,SATB soli,SATB chs Perc = tubular bells[opt. orch bells/bell lyre]crotales, susp cym, dumbeg (clay drum) or bongos, timbales, tamb, cast, sd, vibes, chimes, bd.

A mass in the Revised Roman Ritual. Classically conceived, but featuring elements of Brubeck’s jazz idiom, this dynamic mass can be performed in many different ways including with a jazz ensemble, as a concert piece, for church service, or its individual pieces could be used in non-Eucharistic worship such as Vespers and other celebrations. The work is set for soloists, chorus, piano accompaniment, and optional handbells and celeste.

To Hope! A Celebration
– Processional
– Lord Have Mercy (Kyrie)
-The Desert and the Parced Land (Isaiah 35:1-4)
-The Peace of Jerusalem (Responsorial Psalm)
– Alleluia (Gospel Acclamation)
– Father, All Powerful (Preface)
– Holy, Holy, Holy
– While He Was At Supper (Institutional Narrative)
– When We Eat This Bread (Memorial Acclamation)
– The Doxology
– Great Amen
– Our Father (And Doxology)
– Lamb of God
– All My Hope (Communion Hymn)
– Gloria
– Final Note

Full score and parts for brass quintet, percussion and strings are available to rent from Luck’s Music, e-mail:, or online at

To Hope Sample

Dedications by the Composer

To Hope! is dedicated to my dear friends, Dianne and Ed Murray, who persisted when I faltered and who answered when I questioned, until the Mass became a reality; to Jane and Jim Bancroft, whose loyalty over the many years has defined the meaning of friendship and trust; and to the memory of Bill Manor.

The “Our Father” is dedicated to Father Ron Brassard, who insisted that I write for inclusion in this Mass. Special thanks to “Father Dick” (Rev. Richard Theisen), whose kindness, long ago meant much to me; to Marie Corbin, whose believing and daily prayers encouraged my endeavors; to Father Enrico Garzilli for his conributions as celebrant; to Dr. Peter LaManna, Dr. C. Alexander Peloquin and Erich Kunzel for their contributions as conductors preparing the Mass for its first presentation; and especially my family, both related and unrelated, who supported me throughout the project.

-Dave Brubeck, Wilton, Connecticut, October 1981