Mixed choir (SSAATTBB) and Mezzo-soprano-solo.
MAGNIFICAT is written for six-part mixed voices (SSAATB) and mezzo soprano soloist. In certain divisi passages there are up to12 parts.
For a successful performance this work requires a choir of some size, with broad expressive qualities: rhythmic intensity, a dynamic range from pp to ff and a warm, lyrical tone.
“Magnificat” - also known as the Song of Mary - is taken from St. Luke’s Gospel, Chapter 1, verses 46 - 55.
Magnificat og Nunc Dimittis (Cantando nr. C2227) are two separate compositions, and can be performed independently of each other. They are at the same time related, both as regards the words and the musical material. It would therefore be appropriate to perform them together, as complementary to each other: male and female, youth and old age.
John Høybye English translation: Robert Coates
Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis can of course be used liturgically in an Anglican-style Evensong, where both these canticles are prescribed)
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