"O Magnum Mysterium" for a capella choir

Difficult (Grades 7+)
3 minutes
Modern classical music
Instrumental parts
Not available
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I was inspired to write this piece after attending a concert given by the Sixteen. It is not perhaps the easiest piece to perform but should not be beyond the capabilities of a competent group of singers. It is meant to be performed without accompaniment.

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