Composer:   Ola Gjello
Arranger:   NA
Publisher:   Walton Music
Edition:   HL-8501809
Voicing:   SATB div
Setting:   Accompanied


Dr. Matthew Ferrell
St. Cloud State Univeristy 2012
R&R Chair College & University

This is an ethereal setting of O Magnum Mysterium with beautiful open chords and carefully placed dissonances. Through much of the composition, the choir serves as an accompaniment to a wonderful melody presented by the violin or cello solo. The music delivers a few unexpected tonal shifts, but the main challenge is the long sustained chords throughout the entire work. Stagger breathing and elimination of vocal tension are necessary in a performance of this stunning music.