Heinrich Kaminski: Magnificat

Heinrich Kaminski Magnificat
Magnificat

Heinrich Kaminski: Magnificat

Year of composition:
1925
Scored for:
for soprano, viola, small off-stage choir and orchestra
Composer:
Heinrich Kaminski
Choir:
Fernchor SATB
Soloists:
viola; soprano
Instrumentation:
2 1 1 2 - 2 2 0 0 - timp, perc, hp, cel, harm, str
Instrumentation details:
1st flute
2nd flute
oboe
clarinet in Bb
bassoon
contrabassoon
1st horn in F
2nd horn in F
1st trumpet in F
2nd trumpet in F
timpani
percussion
celesta
harp
violin I
violin II
viola
violoncello
contrabass
harmonium
Remarks:
Study score available at Musikproduktion Höflich: www.musikmph.de
Duration:
18’
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Work introduction

Heinrich Kaminski’s work is rich in sacred music; it includes psalm settings, sacred choruses and songs and a Magnificat for soprano solo, viola solo, orchestra and small offstage choir. It is the composer’s rendition of Mary’s ecstatic song of praise to the Lord, the viola symbolising her virgin’s soul and the invisible choir representing the angels. The composer said it was “. . .Mary’s hymn of praise, elicited by the shining message of the Annunciation and thus the rejoicing of every soul illuminated by that light.” Kaminski’s Magnificat was frequently performed, sometimes paired with Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, until the Nazis banned his works.

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