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  1. 1I. Magnificat
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  2. 2II. Et exultavit
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  3. 3III. Quia respexit
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  4. 4IV. Ecce enim
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  5. 5V. Quia fecit
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  6. 6VI. Et misericordia
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  7. 7VII. Fecit potentiam
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  8. 8VIII. Deposuit
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  9. 9IX. Esurientes
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  10. 10X. Suscepit Israel
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  11. 11XI. Sicut locutus est
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  12. 12XII. Gloria Patri
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Oliver Tarney: Magnificat

Serafine Chamber Choir Manvinder Rattan

  • Catalogue
  • Composer
    Oliver Tarney
  • Choir
    Serafine Chamber Choir
  • Orchestra
    Serafine Sinfonia
  • Director
    Manvinder Rattan
  • Producer
    Andrew King
  • Photography
    Daniel Hawkins
  • Engineer
    Adaq Khan
  • Creative Dir
    John Bevan
  • Exec Producer
    Adrian Green
  • Genres

Oliver Tarney: Magnificat


‘My soul doth magnify the Lord’ usually elicits the most exultant of musical reactions from most noted composers.

This one, however, offers a more human response and in a style which touches one’s soul in an exceptional manner. Picture this: Mary is 16 and living in ancient Judea. Tarney is not convinced that the news that she was to be the mother of God, out of conventional wedlock, would have necessarily made her heart leap with joy in the first instance.

In this newly-commissioned work in 12 movements, Tarney has interpolated the conventional text from the Gospel of Luke with apocryphal and old Testament texts as well as extracts from the Book of Maryam from the Qur’an. The fuller picture this paints completely changes the way we think of this important bible story and Tarney sets the whole with memorably exquisite musical colours which bow to no one. In a world riven with division and violence based on religious lines, this piece reminds us of what we could have in common if we looked a little harder.

Scored for string orchestra, choir, string quartet and soloists, Tarney’s Magnificat was premiered in the chapel of Keele University, as part of Sing for Pleasure’s Golden Anniversary Summer School in 2014 and is to be published by Sing for Pleasure this autumn (2015).

Oliver Tarney

Oliver Tarney was born (1984) and educated in Lancaster, moving on to read music at Manchester University. After completing a Master’s degree in composition with Camden Reeves, he moved into teaching and is currently head of Composition and Singing at Winchester College in Hampshire. He sings with the College Chapel Choir, Winchester Cathedral Choir, and with Serafine. He also keeps up a busy schedule as a choral director and composer. Oliver now specialises in choral writing and has most recently written works for Sansara chamber choir (Prayer of St Richard of Chichester), Chichester Cathedral Choir (Men’s voices responses) and for the St Endellion Easter festival (Fair is the Heaven).

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