Magnificat (Pärt) - Composition - Structure

Structure

Structurally, the work can be divided into what Hillier refers to as "verse" and "tutti" sections. The verse sections include one voice (often a soprano solo) which remains constantly on third-space C, as well as a lower, melodic line. The tutti sections make use of either three, four, or six voice parts. The soprano soloist joins in the tutti sections at times. The progression of sections is:

Section style Voices Textual incipit
Verse SS Magnificat anima mea
Tutti TTB et exultavit
Verse S solo, T quia respexit
Tutti STB ecce enim
Verse S solo, B Quia fecit
Tutti SSA qui potens est
Tutti SATB et sanctum
Tutti SSATTB et misericordia
Verse S solo, B Fecit potentiam
Tutti SSA dispersit superbos
Verse S solo, A drone, T deposuit
Tutti ATB et exaltavit
Verse SS esurientes
Tutti TTB et divites
Tutti S solo, SSATB Suscepit Israel
Tutti SSATTB puerum suum
Verse SS recordatus
Tutti SII drone, TTB sicut locutus
Verse S solo, SII drone, T Abraham et semini
Tutti SATBB Magnificat anima mea
Tutti S solo, SATBB Dominum

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