Antognini's O Magnum Mysterium: A Modern Interpretation of an Ancient Text
O magnum mysterium Perhaps the earliest musical setting of this brief Latin text was heard as the Gregorian chant that forms the fourth responsory in the Office preceding the Mass for Christmas Day. It focuses on the awesome mystery of the birth of the Saviour to the Virgin Mary in a stable surrounded by animals. The Slovenian composer Andrej Makor set this text in 2014 for mixed choir. The music wonderfully sustains the sense of awe and mystery throughout, culminating in a series of Alleluias before subsiding into a final recall of the 'magnum mysterium' with which it began.
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