for Solo Soprano and Orchestra (2 Flutes and Strings)
My setting of the Magnificat is for solo soprano and orchestra (strings and flutes) and is in two movements. Â I’ll admit my ignorance â€“ I don’t know of any other settings of this text set for a solo soprano. Â I must have sung a bazillion Anglican church anthems on this text, but they’re all for choir. Â Anyhoo, it just made sense to me somehow.
I thought I was making a major mistake while writing this piece, because I kind of had a hybrid of several different lady sopranos’ voices in my head. Â The incomparably versatile Laura Lynch came in and nailed it, thus proving me wrong (or right, as the case may be).
Addendum (2012): Years later, I finally made a piano reduction of this piece.Â Here it is sung by the lovely Rebecca Johnson Lovering (who sang in the chorus of the original TKC recording):