John Harbison: Magnum Mysterium

2Tpt, Hn, Tbn, Tba

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Additional Info

  • Composer
    John Harbison
  • Publisher
    Associated Music Publishers Inc
  • Arrangement
    Brass Quintet (BRASS QUINTET)
  • Format
    Score and Parts
  • Genre
    20th Century


For two trumpets, horn, trombone, and tuba. Magnum Mysterium, is a group of four meditations far removed from the outgoing, brilliant character often associated with the medium. The opening movement begins with a calm and sonorous choral statement, which leads to trance-like, floating melismas in the trumpets. The second movement is simple in character and complex in structure; the most straightforward rhythms clothe the richest harmonies. The fast third movement, is conceived as an antiphon, with calls and answers tumbling upon each other. The final section takes up and transforms the pealing of the previous movement, and resolves it into a sustained incantation, in which the reflective, inward character of the pieces as a whole is clear. —John Harbison

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