Title

Magnificat

Date of Award

12-1987

Degree Name

Master of Music

Department

Music

First Advisor

Dr. Ramon Zupko

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Open Access

Abstract

Magnificat is a five-movement setting of the "Song of Mary" as recorded in Luke 1:46-55. The Latin text was used because of its historical, liturgical significance. The musical resources required are a 3-part women's chorus, soprano soloist, organ, flute, violin, and horn in F.

The individual movements and timings are as follows: (I) Molto maestoso - Poco meno mosso - Tempo (1'15"), (II) Languidly - Andante non troppe - Come prima (2'55"), (III) Briskly - Un poco piu maestoso al fine (3'00"), (IV) Andante sostenuto - Recitative - Tempo (3'00"), (V) Vigorously (2'45"). The performance time of the entire work, including breaks between movements, is approximately 15 minutes.

Magnificat was intentionally written with the abilities of the well-trained college women's chorus in mind. It was also the intention of the composer to make the work accessible to the lay audience. Thus, the work features tuneful melodies and a basically tonal harmonic background. Several melodies are heard in more than one movement, to serve as a unifying factor. Key relationships, both within and between movements, are somewhat traditional, and traditional forms are also employed.

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