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Posted by: @capriccio

am so passionate about it that for me it's just 'Dixit'. Itself. 

Indeed!

Such a glorious composition!

(It must've been wonderful singing it!)

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And it probably comes out on top. 

For me it definitely does, you know my weakness for Handel! 🤷‍♀️

 


   
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Many composers have set the words of O Magnum Mysterium as a motet.

One of my favourites is by Tomás Luis de Victoria:

https://app.idagio.com/recordings/27384912

I love the transition into the Alleluia.

Almost 400 years later, it seems that Francis Poulenc took inspiration from Victoria as he composed his motets:

https://app.idagio.com/albums/poulenc-sacred-music

I’m very fond, also, of his setting of O Magnum Mysterium, the first of the four Motets pour le temps de Noël.

But perhaps my favourite of Poulenc’s choral music is Litanies à la Vierge Noire, also on that album.  It is mysterious, very moving, and wonderful to sing.  (Although it probably isn’t a motet.)

 

 


   
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I'm a sucker for Morten Lauridsen's setting of O Magnum Mysterium. Rips my heart to shreds.

https://app.idagio.com/recordings/31669321?trackId=31669330

 


   
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