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Beata Virgo

for 12-part choir

Year:  1974   ·  Duration:  4m
Instrumentation:  SSSAAATTTBBB choir

Year:  1974
Duration:  4m
Instrumentation  SSSAAATTTBBB choir

Composer:   David Griffiths

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David Griffiths: Beata Virg...

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This wonderful recital piece for 12-part (SSSAAATTTBBB) choir has been performed all over the world and is one of the composer's best-known works.

It was written in 1974 as part of a set entitled O Magnum Mysterium and first perfromed by the Dorian Choir under Peter Godfrey at the 1975 Three Choirs Festival in England. Since then it has been recorded by choirs in New Zealand and the United States.

The piece is essentially simple in its form using delayed overlaying of the voice parts to startling effect. The overshadowing of Mary by the Holy Spirit, the gestation in the womb and the birth of Jesus can be clearly heard in the parameters of the work.

Contents note

One movement from "O Magnum Mysterium"

Text note

Text: Latin/ liturgical

Performance history

09 Sep 2013: Ave Maria - The Graduate Choir NZ

Performed by the New Zealand Dorian Choir, conducted by Peter Godfrey

Performed by the New Zealand National Youth Choir/ Te Roopu Rangatahi Waiata o Aotearoa conducted by Karen Grylls

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