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Tarik O'Regan

Publisher: Novello & Co

Magnificat & Nunc Dimittis (2001),
Commissioned by Tim Brown and the Choir of Clare College, Cambridge through the generosity of anonymous benefactors
Work Notes
Magnificat 8', Nunc Dimittis 6' All territories except Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden where the copyright is held by Sulasol, Finland.
Novello & Co Ltd
Chorus a cappella / Chorus plus 1 instrument
Year Composed
14 Minutes
soprano, alto, tenor, bass

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Programme Note
Tarik O'Regan Magnificat & Nunc Dimittis (2001),
The Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis were both commissioned, separately, by Timothy Brown for the Choir of Clare College, Cambridge. The former was premièred at the 2000 Spitalfields Winter Festival in London, while the latter was composed for a BBC broadcast in 2001. Both are large-scale settings, designed to stand as concert works in their own right or to be paired together for liturgical purposes at Evensong. In each movement I have tried to recreate the Renaissance practice of alternating chant and polyphony from a contemporary perspective. The work is scored for double-choir; soprano, alto, tenor and bass soloists and a solo violoncello or soprano saxophone.

The ripieno choir forms the main corpus of singers and, although divisi throughout, requires at least two or three performers to a part. The concertante choir should be grouped separately, visibly so, as a quartet of singers (one to a part), or, at most, an octet (two to a part) if there are sufficient forces. Similarly the instrumental soloist should be visibly separated from the ripieno choir, but not grouped with the concertante choir. The work is written without any amplification in mind; however, should circumstances demand, amplification of the instrumental soloist and/or the concertante choir might be deemed suitable.

Tarik O'Regan
New York, November 2004

  • Ensemble
    Choir of Clare College, Cambridge
    James McVinnie, organ; Rafal Jezierski, cello; Adrian Spillett, percussion; Helen Tunstall, harp
    Timothy Brown
  • 13 MAY 2018
    Clare College Chapel, Cambridge, UK
    The Choir of Clare College, Cambridge
    Anthony Brown, saxophone; Graham Ross, conductor
  • 24 SEP 2016
    Cathedral of Mary Magdalene, Wrocław, Poland
    Hugo-Distler-Chor Berlin
    Stefan Schuck, conductor

    Other Dates:
    26 October - Chamber Music Hall, Berlin, Germany
  • 28 MAY 2016
    Festival de Musica de Setubal
    Igreja do Convento de Jesus, Setubal, Portugal
    Chamber Choir of the Conservatorio Regional de Setubal
    Paulo Lourenco, conductor
  • 30 JAN 2016
    St. Joseph's Chapel, Kennewick, US
    Mid-Columbia Mastersingers
    Mike Bryan, saxophone; Patrick McDonough, conductor
  • 14 NOV 2015
    All Saints Church, Wokingham, UK
    Reading Bach Choir
  • 18 MAY 2008
    Dallas Museum of Art, Texas
    Highland Park Chorale
    Oliver Schlaffer, cello; Greg Hobbs, conductor
  • 22 SEP 2005
    St Thomas Church, Fifth Avenue, New York
    Choir of Clare College Cambridge
    Edward Arron (cello); Tim Brown, conductor
  • 29 MAY 2005
    Clare College, Cambridge
    Choir of Clare College Cambridge
  • 22 MAY 2005
    Clare College, Cambridge
    Choir of Clare College Cambridge
  • 22 APR 2005
    Philadelphia Cathedral
    Williamson Voices
    James Jordan, conductor
  • 29 OCT 2004
    Église Vimoutiers, Orne, France
    Joyful Company of Singers
    Peter Broadbent, conductor

    Other Dates:
    30,31 October - Église Sainte Croix, St. Lô, Normandy, France
  • 22 OCT 2004
    St James' Church, Piccadilly
    Joyful Company of Singers
    Peter Broadbent, conductor
  • 28 JUL 2004
    Béla Bartók Choir Competition
    Debrecen, Hungary
    Joyful Company of Singers
    Peter Broadbent, conductor
  • 17 JUL 2004
    St Mary's Church, Petworth
    Joyful Company of Singers
    Peter Broadbent, conductor
  • 31 MAY 2004
    St Elizabeth, Darmstadt, Germany
    Vocalensemle Darmstadt
    Andreas Boltz, conductor

    Other Dates:
    6 June - St Peter and St Paul, Dieburg, Germany

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