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Donald WomackO magnum mysterium (viola da gamba version)viola da gamba quartet5:00
O magnum mysterium was originally composed for a cappella choir, and later transcribed for viola da gamba quartet at the request of the Yukimi Kambe Viol Consort. When faced with setting the traditional O magnum mysterium text, I was unable (or unwilling) to escape the influence of Tomás Luis de Victoria's immaculate setting, which has been an important part of my musical consciousness for many years. My setting is dedicated to Victoria, whose influence is heard in the many contrapuntal passages that suggest his sixteenth-century style, though filtered through a late-twentieth-century perspective. In addition to Victoria, influences as diverse as Medieval plainchant, Mozart, early-twentieth-century French style, the late-twentieth-century English composer John Tavener, and even Blues harmony are present.
O magnum mysterium was awarded first prize and audience prize in the Ninth Annual Leo M. Traynor Competition of the America Viola da Gamba Society.