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Hello everybody, 
I am rehearsing a program featuring only Magnificats, namely Pachelbel, Vivaldi, Selenka and Pergolesi.
My choir is mainly composed of senior-citizens who have a special hard time with poliphony and counterpoint. We have already started reading the first three but haven't yet started the Pergolesi. I grant that I don't like it very much and that I chose it in order to stay consistent with the concert theme. 
I would very much like to drop it and replace it by another 10-12 minute long Magnificat in a rather "modern", "easy" and "melodic" fashion, in the style of Rutter or Whitacre. We will be accompanied by à string quintet and two oboes.
Could anyone make a recommandation? I would very much appreciate it.
Thank you very much in advance 
Carlos from France
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on November 11, 2013 5:15am
1) The "Pergolesi" Magnificat is actually by his teacher, Francesco Durante.
2) Rutter did compose a Magnificat—published by Hinshaw; exactly in the style for which you are looking. (Note: there are two Magnificats by Rutter; one cantata-length; the other [the one I'm thinking of] designed for an Anglican Evensong [Evening Service]). 
Hope this helps,
Robert A.M. Ross
info(a) <Robert Ross 11>
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on November 11, 2013 10:01am
Thank you Robert, 
Indeed, I had heard that Pergolesi's Magnificat was Durante's but it is advertised as Pergolesi's :-)
As for Rutter's Magnificats, I know the big one, with full orchestra, a wonderful piece but completely out of my finantial reach.
I will search for the other - and more modest - one.
Thanks a lot!
on November 11, 2013 5:36am
Bonjour, Carlos!
Please allow me to introduce myself. I am an emerging composer dedicated to writing sacred music. My general style is lyrical and tonal with modal moments. It is accessible with memorable melodies and gently flows forward.
I have a settingf of the Magnificat that might interest you. The range of the melody stays within one octave and there is no polyphony; there is only one vocal line because it is the voice of one person, Mary.  It may be a good fit for your seniors.  Would you like me to send you an audio (MP3) of it? If you like it, I could later send the PDF of my Finale FIle for it. It has never been premiered and I would be thrilled if you would consider premiering it for me.
Blessings to you and your choir. I am so happy to hear of your Magnificat project; it will make for an awesome concert!!
Carlos, I used to live in Paris and Rennes. Where in France are you located and what is the name of your choir?
Thank you for your consideration.
Heather Seaton
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on November 11, 2013 5:43am
There are a tremendous wealth of Magnificats (many in English) from the Anglican tradition, especially those written in the late 19th and early 20th Centuries.  Check out those by Stanford and Charles Wood, to name just a couple.  If you want to stick with something a little more in the style of what you have already programmed, however, there is a newly-edited and uploaded Magnificat in C Major by J.C. Bach on CPDL that looks very interesting and highly doable. is an excellent resource if you are unfamiliar with it.  Simply type in "Magnificat" in the search box, and it will bring up a couple hundred that you can download and use for free.  
Hope this helps!
Brandon Moss
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on November 11, 2013 10:13am
Hi Brandon, 
Thank you for your kind reply.
As a matter of fact, I did the same research I and bumped into the same long list of Magnificats, bet there were so many - and inknown - names! That's why I'm asking for help. 
I know - and LOVE - J.C.Bach's Magnificat but iy has trumpets and drums, which are out of my choir's finantial possibilities but I will certainly look up Stanford's and Wood's Magnificats! Do not hesitate to throw in more names :-)
Thank you very much for your advice!
on November 11, 2013 7:15am
Check on the choral public domain website and you can download the Walmisley Magnificat.  Not hard and quite beautiful.
Just one of the many Magnificats available.
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on November 11, 2013 10:33am
Thank you Jeannine!
I *just* listened to it and it is wondeful! What a good recommendation! 
Thanks again!
on November 11, 2013 2:22pm
Mark Hayes has a really nice, modern, short, melodic Magificat.
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on November 12, 2013 11:11am
John Harper, Mangificat from the Washington Service
Herbert Howells Magnficat (from the Unison Service)
Healy Willan Magnificat (unison, not the TTBB one)
Hendrick Andriessen Magnificat
Bryan Kelly Magnificat (from Evening Service in C) - fun Latin American flavor
CV Stanford: Mangificat from evening service in B-flat, or A or C
Harold Darke Magnificat in F
These are all generally shorter, 4-5 minutes, so you could do two of them.
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on November 14, 2013 4:21am
Thank you very much, Thomas, 
I tried to listed to them all (I couldn't mocate one or two) and they are all wonderful !
My musical culture is boosted! :-)
on November 12, 2013 7:39pm
Dietrich Buxtehude: Magnificat Anima Mea.
Very nice and approximately 10 minutes in length.
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on November 13, 2013 5:46am
Hello, you have Magnificat short and "easy" : Heinichen, Durante, Galuppi, Charpentier, Pachelbel.
Vincent Lecornier
French conductor
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on November 14, 2013 4:27am
Bonjour Vincent, 
Merci pour votre commentaire,
En fait, j'ai déjà inclus dans mon programme ceux de Durante (Pergolessi) et Pachelbel... cependant, mes choristes trouvent le Pachelbel "dur et pas accrochant" :-S
Je vais de suite chercher celui de Heinichen (comme la bière ??)
Je crois que celui de Charpentier c'est le fameux Magnificat en Do avec des trumpettes et timbales, n'est-ce pas ?
En tout cas, merci beaucoup pour votre apport Vincent et très bonne continuation avec votre chorale. 
on November 16, 2013 7:36am
There are 10 Charpentier Magnificats.  You may be referring to H.74?  It's about 20 minutes long, and perhaps more challenging.  He has some shorter and less challenging Magnificats as well.  I think the Magnificat, H.73 is just about 10 minutes in length.  It's written for ATB voices with two treble instruments and continuo.  
Here is a performance of H73:
Best of luck!
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on November 17, 2013 3:20am
Thank very much Joel!
I just listened to Charpentier's H73 in the exquisite version you recommended... it's a sublime piece more adapted for soloists that for a choir of middle-aged adults, with a large soprano section which would remain idle... nevertheless, I will bookmark the YouTube link preciously. I loved this version.
Thank you!
on November 15, 2013 5:50am
Sorry to hear you don't like the Durante/Pergolesi.
This recording sold me on it:
However it is tough to pull it off in the transparent style we hear on this recording.
There are many fine suggestions from others. I am just listening through some of Anglican compositions folks suggested.
Good luck.
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on November 17, 2013 3:26am
Thank you L, 
Indeed, the recording you propose is a very refined one, a sound unattainable for my choir. 
I didn't mean exactly that I dont find this work appealing, what I really meant was that later on the piece there are long episodes of thick couterpoint that my senior choristers find difficult to memorise and swallow... which translates in an enormous amount of effort from me. 
Thanks again!
on November 16, 2013 5:40am
Bonjour Carlos,
Charpentier a écrit plusieurs Magnificat. Celui en sol H (78) est beaucoup plus abordable (même facile!). Je l'ai monté il y a longtemps et dois encore disposer du matériel.
Si vous voulez avoir une vue d'ensemble sur "les" Magnificat(s), allez donc sur la banque de données Musica ( et tapez simplement "Magnificat" comme titre.
Difficulté, effectif instrumental, parfois extrait sonore ou vidéo, tout y est.
Il y a de quoi passer des soirées d'hiver...
Bonne continuation
Jean Sturm
on November 17, 2013 3:31am
Bonjour Jean, 
Merci beaucoup de m'avoir écrit !
J'ai essayé tout d'abord de trouver une version acceptable du H78 sur Youtube mais ce ne fut pas le cas. Connaisez-en vous une ? 
Je tiens à vous remercier pour le "magnificat" lien que vous m'avez proposé (musicanet), dont je ne connaisais pas son existence... et oui, j'y passerai pas mal de soirées d'hiver !
Je voius souhaite une très bonne continuation à vous aussi !
on November 23, 2013 2:03pm
I sang Vivaldi's "Magnificat" with my choir about two years ago. We're ameteurs and we had strings play along with us. It was fun and challenging. I'm not sure if it will be too difficult or not, as there are some movements that are pretty hard unless you learn them really well and do a lot of woodshetting to keep it clean. (Namely, the Deposuit Potentes movement, holy smokes! It was easy for me once I got it, but a lot of people struggled. We nailed it at the performance, though! :))
On the brightest side, the movements for this piece are VERY short!
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