I chose John Tavener’s Missa Wellensis for this assignment. The pieces for the Mass were tranquil. The more simple melodic chant structure is more inviting to me than complex polyphonic liturgical pieces. The pieces tap into “sounds which are rooted, ultimately, in eternity, in God. He does use complex textures creating bold sections with contrasting dynamics. The melody guides me into contemplative prayer. It carries me closer to God and before God.