O Magnum Mysterium
SATB choir (divisi, a cappella)
Composed by Rene Clausen. Prima Cantate Series. Concert, General, Sacred. Octavo. Roger Dean Publishing #15/2723R. Published by Roger Dean Publishing (LO.15-2723R).
Item Number: LO.15-2723R
Set in a full, eight-part "divisi," "a cappella" rendition, this lush and expressive piece by Rene Clausen will leave listeners with chills. With all voices beginning on a unison middle C and expanding polyphonically to a homophonic forte for the words "Magnum" (great) and then gradually moving back to a "pianissimo" for "Mysterium" (mystery), this setting of the familiar Christmas text is sure to become a standard next to those by Byrd and Lauridsen.