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Cecilia McDowall
1951 -
Great Britain | England
C. McDowall
Cecilia McDowall (1951) a female British composer, born in London, particularly known for her choral compositions.
McDowall read music at the University of Edinburgh, continuing her studies at Trinity College of Music, London and later completing an MMus in composition. She studied with Joseph Horovitz, Robert Saxton and Adam Gorb. She has won many awards and has been short-listed seven times for the British Composer Awards. In 2014 she won the British Composer Award for her choral piece Night Flight.
In 2010, Oxford University Press signed McDowall as an 'Oxford' composer. Since 2015, she has been Visiting Composer in Dulwich College, London. In 2015, she served on the panel for a Women Composers Competition of The Arcadian Singers of Oxford.
Da Vinci Requiem
Period:21st century
Composed in:2019
Musical form:free
Text/libretto:Requiem Mass and The Notebooks of Leonardo da Vinci
Label(s):Signum Records SIGCD749
Da Vinci Requiem (2019) is for soprano and baritone soloists, SATB chorus, and orchestra. It contains:
01. Introit and Kyrie (5:17)
02. The Virgin of the Rocks (4:34)
03. I obey thee, O Lord (Lacrimosa) (4:51)
04. Sanctus and Benedictus (4:32)
05. Agnus Dei (5:24)
06 O you who are asleep (5:17)
07. Lux aeterna (4:46)
Source:booklet of cd Signum Records SIGCD749

♫ 01. Introit and Kyrie
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♫ 02. The Virgin of the Rocks
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♫ 03. I obey thee, O Lord (Lacrimosa)
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♫ 04. Sanctus and Benedictus
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♫ 05. Agnus Dei
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♫ 06 O you who are asleep
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♫ 07. Lux aeterna
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This significant seven-movement work from Cecilia McDowall presents an imaginative pairing of extracts from The Notebooks of Leonardo da Vinci with texts from the Latin Missa pro defunctis. Da Vinci’s reflective and penetrating insights into the nature of mortality and all that it encompasses cast new light on the familiar Requiem texts, and McDowall employs her orchestral forces to create a rich, atmospheric backdrop to the profound narrative presented by the chorus and soprano and baritone soloists. Dark, sonorous writing precedes an energetic ‘Sanctus’, and the closing bars of the luminous ‘Lux aeterna’ create a powerful allusion to da Vinci’s concept of ‘The Perspective of Disappearance’.
Cecilia McDowall writes: “Da Vinci Requiem brings together my chosen Latin texts from the Missa pro Defunctis with extracts from The Notebooks of Leonardo da Vinci, and is structured in seven movements in the shape of an arch… It has been a fascinating exploration, aligning Leonardo’s extraordinary insights, both artistic and philosophical, with such a profound and ancient text."