Ecce Sacerdos Magnus

From Wind Repertory Project
Anton Bruckner

Anton Bruckner (trans. Stuart P. O'Neil)

General Info

Year: 1885 /
Duration: c. 5:05
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Choir, organ and trombones
Publisher: Cherry Classics
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $34.95


Full Score
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II
Trombone I-II-III


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Ecce Sacerdos Magnus (Behold the Great Priest) comes from the early European tradition of plainchant. Bruckner's setting of the responsory, originally scored for eight-part mixed choir, organ and three trombones, brings certain Medieval qualities to an otherwise Romantic-era composition.

This transcription for 10-part brass choir is appropriate for intermediate level and above and attempts to retain the majesty, power and beauty of the original piece. It should be approached as a choral piece: connected and fluid. The harmonic language is essentially triadic.

- Program Note from publisher

Ecce sacerdos magnus (Behold a great priest), WAB 13, is an 1885 sacred motet by the Austrian composer Anton Bruckner. It is a musical setting of the antiphon of the same title.

This work was composed at the request of Johann Burgstaller, to be performed at the Linz Cathedral on the 100th anniversary of the founding of the diocese. It was completed by 28 April 1885 and sent to Burgstaller in mid-May. However, the work was not performed at that event, nor at any other event in Bruckner's lifetime. It was premiered on 21 November 1921 by the Vöcklabruck women's choral society.

- Program Note from Wikipedia


State Ratings

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