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CGB1236 O Magnum Mysterium

O Magnum Mysterium

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This new, original work for 3-7 octaves of handbells and optional handchimes is based on the 11th century Responsorial chant for the Matins on Christmas Day: “O great mystery, and wonderful sacrament, that animals should see the newborn Lord, lying in a manger!”  The text is printed above the handbell staves to give ringers and directors a creative and musical frame of reference. Handchimes weave in and out through the piece, while the simple yet soaring melody and rich, poignant harmonies convey the beauty and mystery of the birth of the Savior. O Magnum Mysterium is certain to be one of the most moving and profound additions to the Christmas handbell repertoire.

Alternate title: O Great Mystery

Composer: Cathy Moklebust

Season: Christmas

Voicing: 3, 4, 5, 6 or 7 octaves handbells with optional 3, 4, 5, 6 or 7 octaves handchimes

Level: 2+

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