Hymn to Mary (Mariukvaedi)

Hymn to Mary (Mariukvaedi) : Vocal score

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for S(solo)SATBB unaccompanied Published with its original text and in English, this Icelandic hymn sets three verses in honour of the Virgin Mary attributed to Jon Arason, Iceland's last Catholic bishop. Each verse consists of a solo soprano melody, rhythmically free and beautiful in its simplicity, and a warmer, choral refrain. Suitable for concert and church use.
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Product details

  • Sheet music | 8 pages
  • 178 x 254 x 1mm | 18g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English, Icelandic
  • 0193505231
  • 9780193505230

Review quote

Another new unaccompanied gem from OUP is Thorkell Sigurbjoernsson's Maruikvaethi (Hymn to Mary), which has a beautifully evocative Nordic atmosphere . . . To those who have yet to explore Iceland's unique contribution to contemporary choral music, the Hymn to Mary would be a good starting point, not least because any audience or congregation will be beguiled by the icily-transparent soundworld. * Peter Dale, Choir and Organ July 06 * Not very much choral music from Iceland finds its way into print in the UK, which is a pity, to judge from Thorkell Sigurbjoernsson's delightful short anthem Hymn to Mary . . . Scored for SATBB choir with soprano soloist, this lilting, rhythmically irregular number alternates two lyrical sections, one coolly modal for the basses and soprano solo alone, and the other for all voices, warmer and more harmonic in an idiom that recalls Sibelius or Tormis.
There is a full guide to the Icelandic pronunciation, though if that looks like too much of a challenge, there is also a translation into English that would be effective sung. * Matthew Greenall, The Singer June 06 *
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