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2006 Magnificat, for Soli, Choir, Brass and Percussion

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The composition is scored for 4 Soli, double choir, the orchestra brass section and four percussionists. The music begins with a lyrical melody setting the word Magnificat . The counterpoint becomes more intricate in the section of uia fecit mihi magna. One of the high point of the composition is reached with dispersit superbos mente cordi sui. The text is spoken to represent the sense of confusion that the text expresses: He has scattered the proud in the conceit of their heart. The music suddenly will return to a very expressive counterpoint setting the text et exaltavit humiles (and has exalted the humble). A flourished communicative trumpet solo will emerge from the choir. The composition will end with a recapitulation of the initial theme. At first it is a mere repetition, but later it will develop into the subject of the final fugue which conveys the joyfulness of the text Gloria Patri, et Filio, et Spiritui Sancto. (Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit). A piano and choir version is also available. This piece was commissioned by The Stanford Chamber Chorale.

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