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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

Recordings
'MacMillan: Tenebrae Responsories & other choral works' (CDA67970)
MacMillan: Tenebrae Responsories & other choral works
Buy by post £10.50 CDA67970  Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
'MacMillan: Who are these angels? & other sacred music' (CKD383)
MacMillan: Who are these angels? & other sacred music
CKD383  Download only  
Details
Track 19 on CKD383 [4'33] Download only

Tota pulchra es
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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

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