Mary's Hymn (Bird, Peter)
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|Work Title||Mary's Hymn|
|Opus/Catalogue Number||PB 10|
|Year/Date of Composition||2007|
|Language||English and Latin|
|Dedication||To Morten Lauridsen|
|Composer Time Period||Modern|
|Instrumentation||SATB chorus, occasionally divisi; either a cappella or with organ|
The initial theme introduced by the sopranos is echoed one bar later by the altos (canon at the 5th) and also by the tenors and basses at 1/2 speed and 1/3 speed, respectively (prolation canon). The middle section uses free imitative polyphony and familiar style, often in a rhythmic pattern of 3-3-2-3-3-4. The ending doxology repeats the initial canon above Gregorian tone VIIIG (one of the set used to chant the Magnificat in Latin).