For centuries, composers have been inspired by the beautiful O Magnum Mysterium text depicting the birth of the newborn King amongst the lowly animals and shepherds. This affirmation of God's grace to the meek and the adoration of the Blessed Virgin are celebrated in my setting through a quiet song of profound inner joy. Lauridsen's O Magnum Mysterium, commissioned by Marshall Rutter in honor of his wife Terry Knowles, has had several thousand performances throughout the world (in various orchestrations) and dozens of recordings since its 1994 premiere by the Los Angeles Master Chorale. - the composer
Transcription of the popular work for solo voice and piano or organ. Key of D major. Vocal range is A3 to G5.