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Tota pulchra es

composer
2010; SATB and organ; commissioned by the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, Washington DC, for the American Guild of Organists' National Convention; dedicated to the Very Reverend Dennis Corrado
author of text
Song of Songs; antiphon for Feast of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary

 
Tota pulchra es was written in 2010 for the American Guild of Organists’ National Convention and commissioned by the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, Washington DC. The settings of these words we know from composers like Bruckner, Duruflé and Casals are mostly gentle and reflective. MacMillan’s is powerful, impressive, rhythmic and dramatic. It is an outpouring of joy in an almost fevered dance. As might be expected for such an occasion the organ has a key role to play and the work ends with a series of fractured chords and a final blaze of B major on full organ.

from notes by Paul Spicer © 2013

Les Tota pulchra es de compositeurs comme Bruckner, Duruflé et Casals sont, pour l’essentiel, doux et méditatifs. Celui de MacMillan, rédigé en 2010 pour l’American Guild of Organists’ National Convention, suite à une commande de la Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception (Washington D.C.), est puissant, impressionnant, rythmique et dramatique. C’est une effusion de joie dans une danse presque enfiévrée. Naturellement, l’orgue joue un rôle clé et l’œuvre s’achève sur une série d’accords fracturés et un ultime flamboiement de si majeur au plein-jeu.

extrait des notes rédigées par Paul Spicer © 2013
Français: Hypérion

Ave maris stella steht im völligen Gegensatz zu Tota pulchra es, das 2010 für die American Guild of Organists’ National Convention geschrieben wurde und von der Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington D.C. in Auftrag gegeben worden war. Die Vertonungen dieses Texts, die man von Komponisten wie Bruckner, Duruflé und Casals kennt, sind hauptsächlich behutsam und nachdenklich gehalten. MacMillans Version ist kraftvoll, eindrucksvoll, rhythmisch und dramatisch. Sein Werk verströmt Freude in einem fast fieberhaften Tanz. Wie bei einem solchen Anlass vielleicht zu erwarten ist, spielt die Orgel dabei eine wichtige Rolle und das Werk endet mit einer Reihe von gebrochenen Akkorden und einer Feuersbrunst in H-Dur des Organum Plenum.

aus dem Begleittext von Paul Spicer © 2013
Deutsch: Viola Scheffel

Recordings

MacMillan: Tenebrae Responsories & other choral works
Studio Master: CDA67970Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
MacMillan: Who are these angels? & other sacred music
Studio Master: CKD383Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

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Track 9 on CDA67970 [4'32]
Track 19 on CKD383 [4'33] Download only

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