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Nico Muhly

Publisher: Chester Music

O Antiphon Preludes (2010)
for James McVinnie
St. Rose Music Publishing
Solo Keyboard(s)
Year Composed
25 Minutes

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Nico Muhly O Antiphon Preludes (2010)
Each prelude is based on each of the Seven Great O Antiphons for Advent:

The preludes themselves are exquisite reliefs growing out of the original chant melodies, each with its character suggested by the text of the corresponding antiphon. The entire text is printed at the front of the score in Latin only. This music delights in sonorities, uses the most economical of means to make a statement, and has the transparency and delicacy of texture of a great stained-glass window. I recommend these pieces very highly. Among other things, they would make the perfect prelude to a service of Advent Lessons and Carols. We should be grateful that a young composer of Muhly’s stature enjoys composing for the organ and choirs, and encourage him to write more.
Brain Harlow, The Journal of the Association of Anglican Music,10/1/2013
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