Program Note:

Mario Lavista (b.1943) is widely considered one of the greatest Mexican composers of our time. In the years 1994 and 1995, he composed his Missa ad Consolationis Dominam Nostram for Carmen-Helena Téllez and the Contemporary Vocal Ensemble of Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music. Carmen recorded the premiere and the Mexican publication of this recording by Tempus Clásico (now in its second edition) won the award as the Best Recording of Mexican Classical Music by the Circle of Critics of Mexico.

In the year 2000, Aquavá New Music Studio received an invitation to perform at the prestigious Tempus Fugit Festival in Tel Aviv, Israel, with Lavista’s Missa. At this point Carmen requested the composer’s permission to adapt the mass for Aquavá’s ensemble comprising four solo voices and four solo instruments, matching the configuration of the rest of the program. In 2003 the Festival Cervantino de México invited Aquavá to present Lavista’s Missa in the adapted chamber edition at the Iglesia de la Valenciana in Guanajuato, Mexico, Aquavá’s recording of the chamber version is available in and other outlets.

Duration: ca. 30 minutes.

Instrumentation: S,A,T,B, fl,cl,va,db


Agnus Dei from the Missa ad Consolationis Dominam Nostram for chorus a cappella by Mario Lavista, adapted for 4 voices and 4 instruments by Carmen-Helena Téllez. Performed by Aquavá New Music Studio, Carmen-Helena Téllez, conductor.

Carmen’s adaptation of Mario Lavista’s Missa ad Consolationis Dominam Nostram is not currently available for sale or rent. Its availability and a new edition of the original version for chorus a cappella will be announced shortly in this page.