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Magnificat

SATB (div), 7'00" (2017)

for Dominic Brennan and the Cantus Ensemble, winner of their 2017 Composition Competition

This piece is inspired by Arvo Pärt’s expert and use of simple musical elements, particularly the triad. Pärt music, and his ‘Nunc Dimittis’ in particular, is driven by his “tintinnabuli” idea, or the emulation of ringing bells through triads, arpeggios, and generally through use of simple yet beautiful musical material. This piece extends that principle by allowing the harmonies to ring even further and more naturally through aleatoricism – for instance, through randomised arpeggios and echoing chords that gradually shift from one tonality to another.  This in turn communicates the mysticism of Mary’s experience in this hymn.