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Settings of: Magnificat



Thanks to all who responded in regards to my search for medium-difficulty
Magnificat settings. As promised, here's a compilation:

Kevin Hildebrand
St. Luke Lutheran Church
Clinton Township, MI

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1. Richard Bloesch has an edition of Perti's Magnificat might suit your
purposes. It is scored
for strings and bc, SATB chorus, published by Concordia.


2. Setting by Charles Stanford --Published by Galaxy Music NO. 1.5136.

3. Michael Haydn - G. Schirmer HL50309270 - SSA, continuo. Lovely work!
4. Orlando Gibbons - Oxford TCM 43b - SATB a cappella
5. Thomas Morley - Oxford TCM 64 - SAATB/organ
6. John Blow - Novello 19907 -SATB a cappella

7. There's a wonderful Magnificat by Byron Adams, for SATB, trumpet and
organ. I don't know whether it's published. If so, probably EC
Schirmer. Byron teaches at UCalifronia at Riverside, so you can find
him there.

8. Oh, another one, tho' a cappella, by Robert Young. PUblished by
Walton, I think. Published with his Nunc, and also published as part
of Emmanuel - GOd With us, which contains three pieces. DJ

9. The Pachelbel Magnificat in G and the Charpentier are my favorites. The
Charpentier requires an excellent Tenor Soloist. The Pachelbel requires 2
good trumpets. Recording/Accomp. trac is available from Roger Dean Pub. for
the Pachelbel. The Charpentier requires renting scores for small chamber
orchestra.

10. Compilation from a previous inquiry:
Halsey Stevens (Mark Foster Music) - 7 recommendations
Gerald Finzi (Boosey & Hawkes) - 4 recommendations
Charles Stanford (G. Schirmer) - 3 recommendations for Magnificat in G
William Byrd - 2 recommendations
René Clausen (Mark Foster Music) - 2 recommendations (7-8 minutes)
Herbert Howells (Collegium Royale) - 2 recommendations
Jackson Berkey - 1 recommendation
Derek Holman - 1 recommendation
Herbert Howells (Gloucester) - 1 recommendation
Carolyn Jennings - 1 recommendation (5-6 minutes)
Rob Landes - 1 recommendation
Rupert Lang - 1 recommendation (for mezzo solo and men's chorus)
Libby Larsen - 1 recommendation (for women's voices)
Claudio Monteverdi - 1 recommendation
Lloyd Pfautsch (Lawson-Gould) - 1 recommendation
Henry Purcell - 1 recommendation (5-6 minutes long)
Robert Ray - 1 recommendation (gospel style)
John Rutter - 1 recommendation (ca. 40 minutes long)
Michael Tippett (G. Schott) - 1 recommendation
Ralph Vaughan Williams - 1 recommendation
William Walton - 1 recommendation
Robert Young - 1 recommendation

11. There's a very good setting by Halsey Stevens that uses trumpet solo and
string orchestra (or organ or piano) meets ALL your criteria!
Halsey Stevens setting , published by Mark Foster, uses strings and 1 trumpet.
Very nice.

12. Magnificat by Ben Allaway, six minutes, has a little divisi but not hard,
some polyphony but carried mostly by S & A, but quite a bit of unison-2-part
texture and some great chords. Exciting organ part. Available direct only
from LMNOP Publications, benlmnop(a)aol.com, or call 515-288-8883. Cassette
tape available.

13. An annotated list:
1) On the 'leaner' side I recommend:
Bonnet CPH 97-5483(organ score)/98-2425(choral score)
Essentially chant with cool organ interludes

Vaughan Williams G. Schirmer/Hal Leonard 8813
Wonderful simple, but NOT simplistic setting. Mostly unison, but some
SAB sections

2) Leaning toward the 'fat' side:
How Trinity Canticles RSCM (catalog held by GIA)
Gorgeous setting; you will have to figure out how to get yourself
through the score (for congregation and choir (written for 3 parts));

VERY lovely

3) Harder stuff:
Powell Mag and Nunc Augsburg Fortress 11-10493
Never done it, but comes highly recommended

Ives (Grayston) RSCM (available from Musical Resources in Toledo)
Wonderful, not too difficult; great organ part

Howells Mag and Nunc (Collegium Regale) Novello 29 0289 03
Probably THE most beautiful Mag ever written; sometimes very
difficult, but Paul Bouman and I did this at Lutheran Summer Music
with
high school students--they could do it!

Sumsion Mag and Nunc in G Novello 29 0290 07
Probably my favorite; the sopranos go to a high A; probably the same
difficulty as the Howells, maybe easier; so beautiful

on September 25, 2002 10:00pm
Which of these settings are in latin? I am impressed with your research.
Thank you. :-)
David Lang
Saint Catherine of Siena
Great Falls, VA
on June 10, 2004 10:00pm
Walamsley's setting and Dyson in D minor are too of my favourite settings! worth looking at, especially Dyson
on July 20, 2004 10:00pm
Has anyone heard of Wood: Mag and Nunc in E for men's voices? I heard it on New college Oxford CD, and have been trying to find a publisher for it but no luck.. Novello has published E flat and D for SATB.