In a conversation with Evelyn Waugh, Stravinsky said: "My MASS was not composed for concert performances but for use in the church. It is liturgical and almost without ornament. In making a musical setting of the Credo I wished only to preserve the text in a special way. One composes a march to facilitate marching men, so with my Credo I hope to provide an aid to the text. The Credo is the longest movement. There is much to believe." Later -- "Liturgical music has practically disappeared, except, of course, the third rate academic kind.