O magnum mysterium

by Daniel Elder

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Item #: G-8645     Status: Archived

Vocal Forces: SATB divisi

Accompaniment: Reduction

Text Source: Fourth Responsory at Matins, Christmas Day

Series: Westminster Choir

Difficulty Level: D


“O Magnum Mysterium” follows a uniquely instrumental approach to vocal writing. The textures and patterns relate to those found in orchestral timbres, with each word and idea representing a musical journey through mystical and fantastic areas of listening. The attempted result is a sort of “tone poem,” a seamless progression from one emotion to the next, always serving the idea over the word, and capturing the wonder of this great mystery, that is, the Lord come to earth in the lowliest of circumstances. —Daniel Elder

Categories: Choral Vocal

Seasonal: Christmastide

Liturgical: Christmas Vigil, Christmas Night, Christmas Dawn, Christmas Day

Number of Pages: 20

Language: Latin

Format: Octavo