Magnificat & Nunc Dimittis (SATB Choir & Chamber Orchestra)

By Christian Jesse

$60.00, for Chamber Orchestra

"Magnificat & Nunc Dimittis" is my SMU graduate thesis project. This piece is an SATB div. choir, organ, string quintet, and percussion composition.

As of June 2020, This piece was awarded "The American Prize in Composition-Choral Octavos (Student Division), 2019-2020.

Program Notes:

When I started writing music, I knew I had wanted to set text from the Bible, but I had felt too inexperienced compositionally and not grounded enough in my faith to be able to accurately represent and glorify God’s word. When it came time to start a thesis project, I finally felt ready to approach God’s word in this way. I had picked these passages because I remembered some glorious settings that I sang in my undergraduate career and the text really made an impact on me. It just so happened that after I decided I was going to set these texts, my wife and I found out we were having a baby. I found this very exciting but I started to associate our baby with this text rather than focusing on the text itself. After our miscarriage scare, I felt it very difficult to come back and work on this thesis. I had eventually come back, continuing to ground myself in faith, and eventually, music started to come out. This process has been a wild ride, but I believe that this is one of the best ways that I can glorify God and his word.

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