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Giles Swayne

Publisher: Novello & Co

Magnificat I (1982)
written for Francis Grier and the Choir of Christ Church Oxford
Publisher
Novello & Co Ltd
Category
Chorus a cappella / Chorus plus 1 instrument
Year Composed
1982
Duration
5 Minutes
Chorus
(SSAATTBB)
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Giles Swayne Magnificat I (1982)
Giles Swayne: Magnificat


My Magnificat was written in 1982 in response to a commission from Christ Church College, Oxford, whose choir first performed it under their conductor Francis Grier in July of that year.

At that time I was still reeling from the impact of my belated discovery of African music. In the previous year I had spent two months in Senegal and the Gambia, researching and making recordings of the music of the Jola people of that region. One of the songs I collected during this trip was a work-song which I recorded in a small village called Badem Karantaba, about thirty miles south-east of Ziguinchor in the Casamance region of southern Senegal. I used the opening call of this song to begin the Magnificat; it returns as a refrain towards the end.

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  • Conductor
    Edward Higginbottom
  • Ensemble
    Cambridge Singers
    Conductor
    John Rutter
    Collegium:
  • Ensemble
    Oxford Schola Cantorum
    Soloist(s)
    David Goode
    Conductor
    Mark Shepherd
    Guild:
  • Ensemble
    BBC Singers
    Soloist(s)
    David Goode / Philippa Davies
    Conductor
    Stephen Cleobury
    Classics:
  • Ensemble
    The National Youth Choir of Great Britain / Laudibus
    Soloist(s)
    Michael Bonaventure (organ) / Stephen Wallace (counter-tenor)
    Conductor
    Mike Brewer
    Delphian:
  • Ensemble
    Gabrieli Consort
    Conductor
    Paul McCreesh
    Deutsche Grammophon:
  • Ensemble
    Dmitri Ensemble
    Soloist(s)
    Raphael Wallfisch, cello
    Conductor
    Graham Ross
    Naxos:
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Reviews
Swayne's 'Magnificat' with a cappella writing is notable for its rhythmic setting of the words - highly staccato so that at times they seem to bubble like a furiously perking coffee pot.
Glenn Giffin, The Denver Post,12/12/1992
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