Composer:   Antonio Vivaldi
Arranger:   Westermann, ed.
Publisher:   Belwin MIlls
Edition:   6498
Voicing:   SATB
Setting:   Accompanied


Harry A. Mechell
Winona State University 1992
R&R Chair College & University

Vivaldi’s Magnificat for satb soloists, SATB chorus, organ, oboes, and strings is a beautiful concertato motet very similar in style to his Gloria. The same compositional devices of contrasting homophonic and polyphonic textures, fugal sections, soloists presented in ensembles, instrumental ritornelli, and violin obbligati found in the former work also exist here. The text is divided into 9 sections. The soloists in various movements, sing alone, in duets, and trios and responsively with the choir. Much of the choral and solo writing is imitative and melismatic. Movement V (Deposuit) is interesting because of its unison, melismatic setting at a quick tempo. Range and tessitura are comfortable for chorus and soloists. This festive setting is attractive, exciting, and as interesting and challenging as the more famous Gloria in D.