Magnificat for Choir and Orchestra
Commissioned by a consortium of 8 choirs for simultaneous nationwide premieres during the 2019-2020 season, Michael John Trotta’s Magnificat is a 40-minute work for choir, soprano and bass soli, and orchestra. This seven-movement work delivers a tapestry of melodic richness that powerfully portrays the anticipation of the wonder and mystery of the birth of a savior.
The text of the work is part of the Luke infancy narrative taken from the Visitation. It has a long musical and liturgical history with notable settings by Vivaldi, Bach, and more recently by John Rutter. Additional texts were selected from the medieval period and Mary’s response at the Annunciation. Despite its history of bring on of the oldest Christian hymns the text is still part of daily devotional use around the world today.
- Language: Latin or English (at the choice of the conductor)
- Forces: SATB and choice of orchestration
- Choice of performing forces:
- Keyboard Only (organ or piano)
- Chamber Ensemble: Fl, Ob, Cl., Hrn, Harp, Timp, 1 Perc, Org., 8 players (opt. Strings and Harp replace organ, 14 players )
- Full Orchestra: (184.108.40.206) (220.127.116.11) +str+harp+timp+2 perc
- Length: Approx.40 Minutes
Magnificat for Choir and Orchestra
- Commissioning Ensembles:
- St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church Choir – Seattle, WA Michael Monnikendam, Director of Music Ministries
- Sanctuary Choir of First Baptist Church – San Antonio, TX Dr. Aaron C. Hufty, Associate Pastor of Worship and Music
- University of Alabama at Birmingham – Birmingham, AL Dr. Brian Kittredge, Director of Choral Activities
- Wellington High School Choirs – Palm Beach, FL Bradford Chase, Director
- Memorial Presbyterian Church – St, Augustine, FL Ray McDonald – Director of Music and Organist
- Athens First United Methodist Church – Athens, GA Stephen Mitchell, Director of Music
- Centenary UMC Chancel Choir – McComb, MS Christopher Hart, Director of Music and Arts
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Magnificat anima mea Dominum;
Et exsultavit spiritus meus in Deo salutari meo,
Quia respexit humilitatem ancillae suae; ecce enim ex hoc
beatam me dicent omnes generationes.
Quia fecit mihi magna qui potens est, et sanctum nomen ejus,
Et misericordia ejus a progenie in progenies timentibus eum.
Ave rosa sine spinis, stella maris,
Tu illustrates u nato illustraris
Luce clara deitatis, praefulges cunctis datis.
Vas divinae bonitatis
Et totius pietatis.
Verbo in te carne facto, o dulce vas amoris.
Fecit potentiam in brachio suo;
Dispersit superbos mente cordis sui.
Deposuit potentes de sede, et exaltavit humiles.
Ecce ancilla Domini,
fiat mihi secundum verbum tuum.
Esurientes implevit bonis,
et divites dimisit inanes.
Suscepit Israel, puerum suum,
recordatus misericordiae suae,
Sicut locutus est ad patres nostros,
Abraham et semini ejus in saecula.
Gloria Patri, et Filio, et Spiritui Sancto,:
sicut erat in principio,et nunc, et semper:
et in Saecula saeculorum. Amen.
|Magnificat (My soul rejoices in the Lord)
My spirit exults in God my savior.
He has regarded me as his servant in His grace and mercy;
From now on they shall all call me blessed.
He has done great things for me, he is mighty, and holy is his name.
And his mercy is on them in all generations. Holy is his name and mighty is his mercy.
Rose without thorns, without blemish, star of the ocean.
Brightly you shine forth clear and radiant, divine essence,
Shining on all things.
Vessel of divine grace, goodness and mercy,
And all compassion and all kindness.
Vessel of the sweetest love, the word made flesh within you.
He has shown strength in his arm and scattered the wicked.
He has shown strength in his arm and scattered the arrogant of heart.
He has deposed the mighty and wicked from their seats:
And he shall lift up the meek and the humble.
Behold, I am the servant of the Lord,
May it be done to me, according to your word.
The hungry have been filled with all good things
and the rich have been dismissed empty.
He has helped his Israel, his faithful servant
in remembrance of his great mercy and kindness.
As was said to our fathers:
Abraham and all generations forevermore.
Glory to the Father and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit;
As it was in the beginning, is now,
and ever shall be: forevermore. Amen