Friday, December 31, 2010
Magnificat: anima mea Dominum
You can almost see the abyss staring back at you in this. It is actually the early Christian 'Magnificat'; the 'Song of Mary', a canticle frequently sung liturgically in Christian church services, but composed here in a modern style by Krzysztof Penderecki. Sing this to a modern church congregation and half of them might flee the building!
This is actually part 3, but I posted this one because its the most dramatic movement in the piece. You really get a dramatic sense of austerity from this. It reminds me of some of the passages in '2001' by Stanley Kubrick, though of course he relied on Ligorty (also brilliant).
The movement in its entirety 1a . 1b . 2 . 3 . 4a . 4b