Morten Lauridsen: O Magnum Mysterium (SATB)

Morten Lauridsen: O Magnum Mysterium (SATB)

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Media: Sheet Music
Arrangement: SATB (SATB)
Skill Level: Easy - Explain this
Composer: Morten Lauridsen
Catalogue #: 0571521282
ISBN: 9780571521289


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For centuries, composers have been inspired by the beautiful O Magnum Mysterium text depicting the birth of the new-born King among the lowly animals and shepherds.

This setting for unaccompanied SATB divisi by Morten Lauridsen, one of America’s most loved and most performed living choral composers, is rich in colour, deeply spiritual and intensely moving. It is rated as 'reasonably straightforward' to sing so suitable for the majority of choirs. A Piano part is included in the score for rehearsal purposes only.

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O Magnum Mysterium

Morten Lauridsen: O Magnum Mysterium (SATB) reviews verified by reevooReevoo

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Scores 9.4 out of 10 based on 21 reviews
10 out of 10


Weston-super-Mare GB Weston Choral Society Librarian
Fast. Easy ordering.
High postage costs.
Confirmed purchase: 12 January 2016
Published on: 03 February 2016
10 out of 10


Canterbury GB Choral director, musician.
This is a magnificent setting the composer carefully sprinkling the piece with occasional dissonances which resolve so beautifully. It is harmonically luxurious and presents opportunity for the audience to be bathed in rich, warm, choral textures, offering time to pause and reflect.
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Confirmed purchase: 27 November 2015
Published on: 08 January 2016
9 out of 10


Derby GB Choir director
Super piece
Confirmed purchase: 10 November 2015
Published on: 24 November 2015

Musicroom Reviews

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Customer Rating This piece is a must in a Christmas programme. It has instant appeal to all. It moves the listener and the those performing it alike and is a wonderful indulgence. Beware though, it is more difficult to perform well than at first it appears and keeping the tuning throughout can be a bit tricky. I have heard professional recordings that go off pitch!
See more reviews by Pip - (Wells, United Kingdom)

Customer Rating This is classic Lauridsen. Unfortunately this means it sounds exactly the same as nearly every other piece of Lauridsen I've sung (you know, /that/ phrase in the tenor line...). However, it is very atmospheric, audiences love it, and it's not very difficult.

Customer Rating This American anthem describes the Mystery of the Incarnation. The work, which has been performed by Kings College, Cambridge and other renowned choirs, was composed as far back as 1995, though it has only recently come to prominence. Slow moving, its continually resolving discords produce a tension and a beautiful haunting effect. And the composer has carefully inserted an unexpected slight dissonance every time the word Virgo is sung, to recall the agony suffered by Mary. Looking at the keyboard reduction and the layout for four parts, at first sight it looks relatively easy to perform, but in places the parts subdivide, meaning eight voices are required to perform it as the composer intended. Recommended
See more reviews by Norman - (Sutton Coldfield, United Kingdom)

Customer Rating Beautiful piece of music performed by our choir. Excellent service, and fast delivery.

Customer Rating This is a new piece for me and I find it very moving and spiritual.

Customer Rating Excellent delivery servise. Yet to sing the music.

Customer Rating This edition is well set out with a helpful rehearsal accompaniment and clear notation. The piece is much harder to perform than it looks on the sheet music though...

Customer Rating I am looking forward to learning this piece with the METronomes, which is the student/staff choir at Leeds Metropolitan University. We had the great fortune to be able to listen to the Phoenix Concert Band playing this at our recent concert and it would be lovely to sing it with them. From looking at the music I would say that it would suit choristers who are comfortable with this style of liturgy, but that should not deter others from trying it.
See more reviews by Lynne - (Ilkley, United Kingdom)

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Sales Rank: Not specified
Published on: 20/06/2002
Format: Vocal Score
Length: Not specified
Language: English
Publisher: Faber Music

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