Tell Out, My Soul
(Song of Mary)
Magnificat, para. Timothy Dudley-Smith
Voicing SATB and organ
Scripture reference Luke 1:46-55 Church Season
Advent Topics Mary
Length 4' 30" Price $2.50 (U.S.) Released
Catalog no. 410-882 Difficulty Moderately difficult
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"David Hurd's setting of Bishop
Dudley-Smith's metrical Magnificat (Tell Out, My Soul)
is from the St. Philip's in the Hills series, which my successor
there, Bill Roberts, continues to make one of the jewels of the
Church. This is vintage Hurd, which is to say, this is elegantly
essential music. The choral parts are gratifying without being
overly challenging, and the organ part is a dream. Don't even
think about it; just order it and program it! One note, however:
be prepared to ask your altos to pencil in a cautionary C-natural
in measure 67 as A-major changes to A-minor over the barline."
--AAM Journal, July/August 2001
"One can imagine that in addition to
her great humility at the angels news, Mary might have (understandably)
felt like leaping for joy. Choir and organ explore the latter
extroverted possibility in this glorious anthem on Timothy Dudley-Smith's
Magnificat paraphrase. Recommended." --CrossAccent,
"This well-known paraphrase of the Magnificat
by Timothy Dudley-Smith is found here in a very lyrical setting
for SATB choir and organ. A rising interval of a fifth begins
this tune, sequencing up on three repetitions of 'Tell out my
soul' and soars to a decorated interval of a tenth prepared from
above on the third repetition of the word 'soul,' from where
the tune began. The unifying organ interludes between each verse
play this theme each time, sometimes in dfferent keys. The choral
and organ parts are very independent, but produce a wonderful
blend with lush harmonies." --The Hymn, October 2000
A wonderfully splashy setting of Timothy
Dudley-Smith's paraphrase of the Magnificat. The choral
writing is accessible: there is some divisi, but much
of the piece is in unison and/or two parts. And the organ part,
although independent, is not difficult. The overall effect is
both festive and expansive.
Tell out, my soul, the greatness of the Lord!
Unnumbered blessings give my spirit voice,
tender to me the promise of his word;
in God my Savior shall my heart rejoice.
Tell out, my soul, the greatness of his name!
Make known his might, the dees his arm has done;
his mercy sure, from age to age the same;
his holy Name-- the Lord, Mighty One.
Tell out, my soul, the greatness of his might!
Powers and dominions lay their glory by.
Proud hearts and stubborn wills are put to flight,
the hungry fed, the humble lifted high.
Tell out, my soul, the glories of his word!
Firm is his promise and his mercy sure.
Tell out, my soul, the greatness of the Lord
to children's children and forever more.
-Magnificat (Luke 1:46-55), para. Timothy
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