Magnificat II : soprano with ensemble
by Jennifer Fowler (2000)
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Library shelf no. Q 783.66525/FOW 1 [Available for loan]
Magnificat II is a setting in Latin of the text which has inspired many composers over the centuries. Being a unique combination of the human joy of a young woman who finds that she is nurturing a new life, with the religious fervour of someone who finds she has gained a new insight into the nature of God, it has obvious attractions for a woman composer, despite the huge wealth of previous settings.
Musically, I have tried to reflect the fact that the text contains elements of both rapt inner contemplation and awe, combined with exuberance and joy. Sections and phrases which begin with a centred inward circling, open out into greater exuberance, and the reverse also happens. The music progresses in waves - either opening out, or withdrawing inward.
The combination of soprano voice with flute, cello and harp contains sources of sound which are produced in quite different ways. I have drawn on both the similarities and differences between the instruments, and each instrument has a chance to make a solo contribution within the piece.
Instrumentation: Soprano, flute, cello, harp.
Duration: 15 min.
Winner of a Miriam Gideon Prize from the International Association of Women in Music (IAWM), 2003.
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