Duration: 3'45" |
Ensemble: SATB piano
O Magnum Mysterium is available on Nativitas - Music for Advent, Christmas & Epiphany (Elizabeth Stratford, Arundel Cathedral Choir), which can be ordered from here.
Essentially in arch form, this piece is predominantly homophonic
in nature, and explores the relationship between triple and
quintuple time alongside the tonal relationship between a key
and its relative minor. The piece was commissioned by Bristol
Chamber Choir who gave its premiere performance in December
2007. The text is the familiar Latin setting:
O magnum mysterium et admirabile sacramentum, ut animalia viderent Dominum natum, jacentem in praesepio! Beata Virgo, cujus viscera meruerunt portare Dominum Christum. Alleluia.
O great mystery and wonderful sacrament, that animals should see the new-born Lord, lying in a manger! Blessed is the Virgin whose womb was worthy to bear Christ the Lord. Alleluia!