The Seven Magnificat-Antiphones by Arvo Pärt count as one of the few contemporary settings of the vesper. “Even in Estonia, Arvo was getting the same feeling that we were all getting. I love his music, and I love the fact that he is such a brave, talented man. Magnificat, the Canticle of Mary, by Estonian composer Arvo Pärt (b. ) is in the tintinnabuli style invented by the composer himself in the ‘s. Influenced.

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My soul magnifies the Lord. His mercy is for those who fear Him from generation to generation.

The Credo is particularly padt in that it is virtually a re-incarnation of the earlier Summa —but this time in a major key. And my spirit rejoices in God my Savior. Here is some of the most spiritually uplifting music of our generation, sung by that most virtuosic of choirs, Polyphony. The complex and many-faceted only confuses lart, and I must search for unity. At the point after the music has faded away it is particularly remarkable to hear your breath, your heartbeat, the lighting or magnifica air conditioning system, for example.

The concept of tintinnabuli was born from a deeply rooted desire for an extremely reduced sound world which could not be measured, as it were, in kilometres, or even metres, but only in millimetres It brought him further attacks and censorship — so much so that he stopped composing altogether for nearly eight years. This instant and eternity are struggling within us. Originally issued on CDA In my dark hours, I have the certain feeling that everything outside this one thing has no meaning … Here I am alone with silence.

He and his work have received highest honors from governments, universities, and musical organizations around the world. And his mercy is on them that fear him throughout all generations. While the texture is mainly homophonica new rhythmic device is introduced when the choir sings “dispersit superbos”.


According to the promise He made to our ancestors, to Abraham and to His descendants forever. The paired-voice passages are strikingly crystalline; in every case, they consist of a single melodic part set against a meditatively repeated note.

The musical means may be worlds apart, but the temperament and spirit of the man remain the same.

The site is also available in several languages. It was written in for the th anniversary of the cathedral in Speyer, South Germany. Magnificat anima mea Dominum, et exsultavit spiritus meus in Deo salvatore meo, quia respexit humilitatem ancillae suae. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. The last of his early works, Credo in Jesum Christumwas both a statement of faith and taken as political provocation. Behold, from henceforth, I will be called blessed by all generations.

By the end the listening attention is utterly focused. Doch wahr ist sie nur im allgemeinen, mega-kommerziellen Sinn. It is a work of perfect structure and immaculately achieved expression.

Das Agnus Dei in der Berliner Messe zum Beispiel besitzt abwechselnde Vokallinien, die auf dem Papier trostlos, beim Spiel jedoch sinnlich und nachgiebig wirken.

He says, “It is perhaps no coincidence that I have borrowed these techniques from my experience with early music. Update Required To play the media you will need to either update your browser to a recent version or update your Flash plugin. He has shown strength with His arm, He has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts.

Magnificat (Pärt)

And this is the cause of all of our contradictions, our obstinacy, our narrow-mindedness, our faith and our grief. Hyperion offers both CDs, and downloads in a number of formats. Quia fecit mihi magna, qui potens est, et sanctum nomen eius. He has filled the hungry with good things and the rich he has sent away empty. Another possible source of lumpiness arises from the frequent occurrence of longer notes in the middle of a phrase.


The five central dance-like variations relate to the movements of the Mass—the Kyrie, Gloria, Credo, Sanctus and Agnus—and they are flanked by an imposing introduction and coda. Ecce enim ex hoc beatam me dicent omnes generationes. He has filled the hungry with good things, and sent the nagnificat away empty.

Emmanuel Music – Pärt Magnificat – Translation

Quia respexit humilitatem ancillae suae. He has helped His servant Israel in remembrance of His mercy. Setting text to music can be accomplished in many different ways. As if taking instruction from the text, the choir does, in fact, divide; while all voices begin the word together, only the melodic voice continues immediately pwrt.

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Stone and glass; structure and space; eloquence through simplicity. Emmanuel Music in the News Press Releases. I have discovered that it is enough when a single note is beautifully played. The other voices rest a beat before continuing with the magnifivat syllable. Its performance time is approximately seven minutes. Ryan Turner, Artistic Director. Ecce enim ex hoc beatam me dicent omnes generationes, arvl fecit mihi magna, qui potens est, et sanctum nomen eius, et misericordia eius in progenies et progenies timentibus eum.

Views Read Edit View history. The progression of sections is:. The Agnus Dei of the Berlin Mass, for example, features alternating vocal strands which are bleak on paper, yet sensual and yielding in performance.

I work with very few elements—with one voice, with two voices. He has scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts.

Fecit potentiam in brachio suo, dispersit superbos mente cordis sui; deposuit potentes de sede et exaltavit humiles; esurientes implevit bonis et divites dimisit inanes.