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O magnum mysterium
composer
April 2008; Vilnius; written for Matjaz Šcek and the Slovenian Ipavska Chamber Choir to mark the choir's 10th anniversary
author of text
Responsory at Matins on Christmas Day

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'Miškinis: Choral Music' (CDA67818)
Miškinis: Choral Music
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O magnum mysterium
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O magnum mysterium was written for the tenth anniversary of the Slovenian Ipavska Chamber Choir in 2008. The sense of awe and wonder radiates, almost symmetrically, from the central point of an E to colour the word ‘mysterium’. The harmonies are always colourful but never predictable. At the words ‘Beata virgo’ a reverential and hypnotic chant is established and a solo quartet is introduced into the texture. The concluding ‘Alleluia’ begins as a celebratory refrain before being transformed into a much more subdued affair, coming to rest, inconclusively, on a second-inversion chord.

from notes by Rupert Gough © 2010

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