for SATB, sop and mezzo soli and chamber orchestra. McDowall has skilfully united luscious harmonies with fresh melodies and crisp rhythms in this vibrant concert work. Divided into six movements, the Magnificat is ideal for SATB choirs seeking fresh and inspiring repertoire suitable for church or concert use.Instrumental parts and vocal scores are available on hire/rental.
Cecilia McDowall (b.1951)
"Her setting of the Magnificat is quite splendid, in that it 'grows' in intensity as the text progresses; by the time of the concluding chorus, Deposuit potentes, a genuine sense of exultation (without exaggeration) has been achieved." - International Record Review, March 2005
"This graceful, reflective work adorned with deft, Baroque flourishes, has already been recorded by the Canterbury Chamber Choir . . . and their assured singing radiated with the confidence of a team with this elegant choral piece in their blood." - Tempo 2006
"Comes highly recommended for choral societies looking for something a bit different that isn't the Mozart Requiem but won't scare off the audience. It's an uplifting and
"The choral parts present no technical difficulty; the textures are fresh, harmonically uncomplicated and with an admiral balance between contrapuntal and homophonic writing - clearly rewarding to prepare and perform. The soloists are presented with more challenging material and an appealing and imaginative duet, Fecit potentiam, with fearless dissonances." - Patric Standford, Choir & Organ, June 09
Ecce enim ex hoc beatam
Quia fecit mihi magna