O magnum mysterium

By: Tom�s Luis de Victoria
For: Choir
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Tom�s Luis de Victoria
Moderate (Grades 4-6)
4 minutes
Classical music
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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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