Boëllmann’s Magnificat

Dear Friends,

For this weekend’s prelude, I will play Magnificat in G major by Léon Boëllmann (1862 – 1897).

Boëllmann’s Magnificat is a short suite for organ, presented here in five movements. Each movement has its own unique motive and method of development, and each is its own reflection on the Song of Mary.

Boëllmann uses motive to convey emotion throughout the suite. The gentle, ascending gestures of the first movement, for example, might suggest the “hopeful” nature of Mary’s Song. The third movement features a duet, evocative of the dialogue between Mary and the Archangel Gabriel. Each movement offers a different perspective on the Song of Mary. What will you hear when you hear it?

Enjoy the music this weekend - and until we meet again, take care and stay well!


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