David Bevan was born in 1951 as a schoolboy he was educated at Westminster Cathedral Choir School and Downside. He won an open scholarship to The Queen’s College, Oxford, and has held various teaching posts , including Assistant Master of Music at Westminster Cathedral, and has been Director of Music at the Church of Our Most Holy Redeemer and St Thomas More, Chelsea since 1980. His setting of the the Magnificat is perhaps his best known work following a broadcast of it being sung live by the Choir of Westminster Cathedra. It’s an eight-part alternatim setting with a Renaissance era framework to support some vivid post-Romantic idiomatic writing. If you haven’t heard it before I think you’re in for a very pleasant surprise. Enjoy :-)
Performers: Westminster Cathedral Choir conducted by Martin Baker (conductor)
Text & Translation: Magnificat
|Latin||Modern English||Traditional Translation|
|Magnificat anima mea Dominum.||My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord.||My soul doth magnify the Lord:|
|Et exsultavit spiritus meus in Deo salutari meo.||And my spirit rejoices in God, my Saviour.||and my spirit rejoiceth in God my Saviour.|
|Quia respexit humilitatem ancillae suae:||For he has looked with favour on the lowliness of his handmaiden:||For he hath regarded: the lowliness of his hand-maiden.|
|ecce enim ex hoc beatam me dicent omnes generationes.||behold, from henceforth all generations shall call me blessed.||For behold, from henceforth: all generations shall call me blessed.|
|Quia fecit mihi magna qui potens est:||For he that is mighty has done wondrous things for me:||For he that is mighty hath magnified me:|
|et sanctum nomen eius.||and holy is his name.||and holy is his Name.|
|Et misericordia eius a progenie in progenies timentibus eum.||And his mercy is upon them |
that fear him throughout all generations.
|And his mercy is on them that fear him: throughout all generations.|
|Fecit potentiam in bracchio suo:||He has shown the power of his arm:||He hath shewed strength with his arm:|
|dispersit superbos mente cordis sui.||he has scattered the proud in their conceit.||he hath scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts.|
|Deposuit potentes de sede, et exaltavit humiles.||He has put down the mighty from their seat, and has exalted the humble and meek.||He hath put down the mighty from their seat: and hath exalted the humble and meek.|
|Esurientes implevit bonis:||He has filled the hungry with good things:||He hath filled the hungry with good things:|
|et divites dimisit inanes.||and the rich he has sent empty away.||and the rich he hath sent empty away.|
|Suscepit Israel, puerum suum, recordatus misericordiae suae.||He has sustained his servant Israel, in remembrance of his mercy.||He remembering his mercy hath holpen his servant Israel:|
|Sicut locutus est ad patres nostros, |
Abraham, et semini eius in saecula. Luke 1: 46-55
|As he promised to our forefathers, |
Abraham and his sons for ever.
|As he promised to our forefather Abraham and to his seed for ever.|
|Gloria Patri, et Filio, et Spiritui Sancto. |
Sicut erat in principio, et nunc, et semper,
et in saecula saeculorum. Amen.
|Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit. |
As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be,
world without end. Amen.
|Glory be to the Father, and to the Son: and to the Holy Ghost; |
As it was in the beginning, and is now, and ever shall be: world without end. Amen.