Morten Lauridsen: O Magnum Mysterium (SATB)

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Publisher: Faber Music
Composer: Morten Lauridsen
Format: Sheet Music | Vocal Work

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.

Faber Choral Signature Series introduces a wealth of new or recently written choral music to choirs in search of fresh repertoire. The series draws in a rich diversity of living composers and includes both lighter and more challenging contemporary works, offering a thrilling array of varied styles.

ISBN: 9780571521289
Skill Level: Intermediate Explain this
Published on: 20 June 2002
Language: English, Latin
Catalogue No: 0571521282

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        Scores 9.4 out of 10 based on 25 reviews
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        Nicely presented
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        Confirmed purchase: 06 October 2017
        Published on: 21 October 2017
        10 out of 10


        Weston-super-Mare GB Weston Choral Society Librarian
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        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

        Musicroom Reviews

        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!
        Anonymous - (Wells, United Kingdom)
        Excellent delivery servise. Yet to sing the music.
        Anonymous - (Ware, United Kingdom)
        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.
        Anonymous - (Ilkley, United Kingdom)
        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...
        Anonymous - (London, United Kingdom)
        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.
        Anonymous - (Sandhurst, United Kingdom)
        Beautiful piece of music performed by our choir. Excellent service, and fast delivery.
        Anonymous - (Lancashire,United Kingdom)
        This is a new piece for me and I find it very moving and spiritual.
        Anonymous - (SEAFORD, United Kingdom)
        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
        Anonymous - (Sutton Coldfield, United Kingdom)