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Accompanied; SATB; Solo voice

Rutter’s Magnificat for soprano soloist, choir and orchestra was written in 1990, and the première took place in May of that year in Carnegie Hall, New York. The text, based on the prayer ascribed by St Luke to the Virgin Mary on learning that she was to give birth to Christ, is extended by the interpolation of Marian prayers and poems chosen by the composer, to create a celebratory work reminiscent of outdoor processions in honour of the Virgin.

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Duration: 40 minutes
Difficulty: Moderately Difficult
Published: 01 August 1991
ISBN: 9780193380370

Programme notes

This work was given its premiere in 1990 by the composer in Carnegie Hall, New York…

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John Rutter discusses his Magnificat

John Rutter discusses the genesis of his Magnificat: an invaluable resource for all singers preparing the work for performance.


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