Contemporary Classical Music Composer
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Mossy Creek Music
Classical / Contemporary
Flute, Clarinet, Bassoon, Oboe, Horn, Trombone, Trumpet, Tuba, Violin, Viola, Cello, Double bass, Tubular Bells, Glockenspiel, Marimba, Timpani, Vibraphone, Xylophone, Cymbals, Soprano, Mezzo-soprano, Tenor, Bass, Bass drum, Mixed choir: Soprano, Alto, Tenor, Bass
Choir, Chamber orchestra
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Text painting, the deliberate use of melody and other musical elements to “paint” the words, is present in this setting of the Magnificat. For example, the choir repeats the word “inanes” (“empty-handed”) at the end of part II, each time more softly, dying away, and ending somewhat abruptly. At the end of the piece, when the choir sings “sicut erat in principio” (“as it was in the beginning”), the music has returned to the opening theme.
The use of the instruments reflects the text and the overall mood conveyed in each section. In general, the strings play in their low register creating a rather dark and rich sound. The woodwinds, brass, and percussion serve in a variety of roles, from providing color, background harmony, melodic ideas, and power. Of special note is the use of handbells (played by members of the choir) and the instruction for the string players to sing near the end of the piece.
20 Dec 2011
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