Magnificat & Nunc dimittis
Magnificat & Nunc Dimittis is my SMU graduate thesis project. This piece is an SATB div. choir, organ, string quintet, and percussion composition.
When I started writing music I knew I had wanted to set text from the Bible, but I had felt too inexperienced compositionally and not grounded enough in my faith to be able to accurately represent and glorify God’s word. When it came time to start a thesis project, I finally felt ready to approach God’s word in this way. I had picked these passages because I remembered some glorious settings that I sang in my undergraduate career and the text really made an impact on me. It just so happened that after I decided I was going to set these texts that my wife and I found out we were having a baby. I found this very exciting but I started to associate our baby with this text rather than focusing on the text itself. After our miscarriage scare, I felt it very difficult to come back and work on this thesis. I had eventually come back, continuing to ground myself in faith, and eventually, music started to come out. This process has been a wild ride, but I believe that this is one of the best ways that I can glorify God and his word.
Premiered on: 4-9-2019 at Caruth Auditorium, SMU, Dallas, TX
Premiered by: SMU Syzygy & members of the SMU choirs ensembles
Conducted by: Dr. Lane Harder