This is a lively choral setting of the evening canticle
For Mixed (SATB with divisi) Choir & Piano or Organ
Published by Parish Publications
Please click on the blue link below to listen to a recording of the Magnificat
This is a lively choral setting of the evening canticles - Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis, here scored for SATB and Organ / piano accompaniment by Ian Higginson.
The Magnificat and the Gloria are mostly in a 6/8 metre which provides a steady lilt. It has a burst of almost relentless energy, until it reaches a quieter and more reflective middle section before building up to a climax at the return of the 6/8 theme for the equally energetic Gloria. This work is fun to perform, but it does include some tricky corners in both the choral writing and the accompaniment.
The Nunc Dimittis has a completely different feel to it - set in simple quadruple time, it has a more gentle and perhaps haunting start, which gradually builds builds up to a climax. The setting of the Gloria is a reprise of the energetic 6/8 Gloria, which comes at the end of the Magnificat.
IAN HIGGINSON - Composer - Conductor - Organist - Music Teacher
Ian Higginson was born on the Wirral, Merseyside and moved to Gloucestershire in 1983. His positions have included Organist & Director of Music for the University of Gloucestershire, School Organist & tutor in piano and organ at St. Edward's School Cheltenham, Organist and Assistant Director of Music for the Cathedral Singers of Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford and tutor in piano at Sir William Romney School, Tetbury.
In addition, Ian is also the conductor to one of Cheltenham's leading chamber Choirs - JUBILATE CHAMBER CHOIR, Cirencester Philharmonia, English Concertante Orchestra and Cotswold Camerata.
Ian is active as an organist, conductor, accompanist, examiner and music teacher. He is also in great demand as a composer and has written numerous choral, organ, vocal and instrumental works, which have been widely performed in the UK and in the USA. Some of Ian's vocal and instrumental works have also been chosen as set pieces at different grades for various UK Music examination boards.
Some of Ian's Christmas music has also been performed by both the RLPO orchestra and choir and the CBSO Orchestra and chorus in their annual Christmas concerts.
Publishers of Ian Higginson's music include: Boosey & Hawkes, Lorenz (USA), Cathedral Music, ABRSM Publishing, Trinity Publishing, St. James Music Press (USA) and Parish Publications.
REVIEWS of Ian Higginson's Music
"Ian Higginson is a composer who is not afraid to write a simple, unaffected melody that choirs will find grateful and rewarding to sing. Here is a series of publications well worth a look at: expertly crafted, imaginative, practical and within the scope of most choirs and organists."
- John Rutter
"I have been performing Ian Higginson's wonderful Christmas arrangements for a few years now, and I find them universally popular with choirs, orchestral players and audiences alike."
- Mark Lee, Organist & Director of Music at Bristol Cathedral
"Ian Higginson is a composer with a refreshingly approachable style, encompassing both rhythmic vitality and memorable melodic writing; above all, he is one of the few of his generation still unafraid of writing a good tune!"
- Ian Tracey, Organist to the City of Liverpool, Organist Titulaire of Liverpool Cathedral, Chorusmaster of Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Society, Professor, Fellow & Organist of John Moores University
"Really well crafted and satisfying to play and enjoy - a very worthwhile addition to an organist's collection..."
- Jonathan Kingston
"For choir directors, Ian Higginson's choral music includes the best of all possible elements - melodies that are gracious and deliciously singable, musical craftsmanship and imagination that directors, singers and audiences alike will carry with them from any performance, and an understanding of what choirs are capable of. They are not to be missed!"
- The late Mark Schweizer, Former Conductor & Founder/Director of St James' Music Press, USA