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O magnum mysterium

Composer
Tom�s Luis de Victoria
Lyricist
anon.
Difficulty
Moderate (Grades 4-6)
Duration
4 minutes
Genre
Classical music
Instrumentation
Choir
Instrumental parts
Not available

Victoria's setting captures the subtle awe and wonder present in this traditional Christmas text:

O great mystery and wondrous sacrament, that animals should see the newborn Lord lying in their manger.

Blessed is the Virgin whose womb was worthy to bear the Lord Jesus Christ. Alleluia!

Written during Victoria's stay in Rome, the motet includes both Italian and Spanish characteristics. The long, sustained lines are similar to those of Palestrina (a contemporary and possible mentor to Victoria during his years in Italy). However, the harmonic language and biting dissonances point to Victoria's Spanish roots and his dramatic sensibilities.

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