SSAA or TTBB / Hard
I wrote this piece in 2015 as a commission. It is a piece that illuminates and has the force of a majestic birth. I think the births not only of a life, but of alliances, of stages, a birth that brings a new strength, a new air. That is what this work means to me.
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Notes from Morna Edmundson
Director of Elektra Women’s Choir
This setting of O Magnum Mysterium is both very challenging and rewarding. With huge ranges of tessitura, dynamics, and tempo, it is more like a landscape than a setting of the text. It provided a powerful high point of tension in our concert and one could tell the audience was engaged in its drama. SSAA with divisi and a soprano soloist at the beginning and end. Not recommended for children’s choirs due to the extreme vocal ranges on both ends.
O great mystery,
and wonderful sacrament,
that animals should see the newborn Lord,
lying in a manger!
Blessed Virgin, whose womb
was worthy to bear
the Lord, Jesus Christ.
Being a self-published composer
I am a self-published composer. My philosophy is to create unity between people. For this reason, I value the composer-director and composer-choir relationship, providing a complete service for those who incorporate these works into the repertoire.
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