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Heinrich Kaminski: Magnificat

  • for soprano, viola, small off-stage choir and orchestra
  • 2 1 1 2 - 2 2 0 0 - timp, perc, hp, cel, harm, str
  • Duration: 18’
  • Soloists:
    viola
    soprano
  • 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
  • Choir: Fernchor SATB
  • Composer: Heinrich Kaminski
  • Remarks: Study score available at Musikproduktion Höflich: www.musikmph.de

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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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