10. Mary's hymn (Magnificat)
Dedication: To Morten Lauridsen.
Text: Luke 1:46-55 in English (King James version), followed by minor doxology in Latin.
Musicians: SATB chorus, occasionally divisi; either a cappella or with organ. (Separate organ part follows score in the .pdf file.)
Length: 6 minutes
Style: Renaissance forms, with gentle pandiatonic harmony and smooth modulations.
Program notes: The initial theme introduced by the sopranos is echoed one bar later by the altos (canon at the 5th) and also by the tenors and basses at 1/2 speed and 1/3 speed, respectively (prolation canon). The middle section uses free imitative polyphony and familiar style, often in a rhythmic pattern of 3-3-2-3-3-4. The ending doxology repeats the initial canon above Gregorian tone VIIIG (one of the set used to chant the Magnificat in Latin).
Performance suggestions: Variations of tempo and dynamic are not marked in the score (or used in the MP3 & MIDI files); they are at the discretion of performers. (But, in this piece, they should be subtle.)
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St. George Church, Kurbinovo, Macedonia