MAGNIFICAT

by John Rutter


MIDI Files

The following files can be played using Media Player on Windows platforms, or QuickTime on a Mac.  Unlike MP3 or WAV files that contain information about the sound at each moment in time, MIDI files only contain information about what notes are to be played using what instrument sound.  As a result MIDI files are much smaller, but because they rely on the sound generation capability of the computer playing them they can sound a bit different in each case.  And since MIDI files contain only information about notes there is no way they can record the human voice.  Evenn with these drawbacks I hope the following MIDI files are useful.

To save any of these links to your computer right-click for Windows platform or click-and-hold on a Mac, then select "Save this Link as..." if using Netscape or "Download Location to Disk" if using Explorer.  Each title has five different possible versions.  The original plays all choral parts and accompaniment with a single instrument (usually a piano is used as the default), and all at the same volume.  The Practice versions have been tailored such that the accompaniment plays with a piano sound, the selected choral part plays with a clarinet sound, and the remaining choral parts play with a flute sound.  In addition, the selected choral part is increased in volume over the other choral parts and accompaniment.  This has proved to be a good way for me to practice while hearing my specific part without the need for a piano.
 
Title
Original
Soprano Practice
Alto Practice
Tenor Practice
Bass Practice
1. Magnificat anima mea
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2. Of a Rose, a lovely Rose
here
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here
3. Quia fecit mihi magna
here
here
here
here
here
4. Et misericordia
here
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here
5. Fecit potentiam
here
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here
here
6. Esurientes
here
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7. Gloria Patri
here
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here
ZIP file with all above
here
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The original collection was located on a French-Canadian website here (sorry my French isn't better or I would give a better description). Another version is located on The  Silvis "Woodshed" website.  Both contain links to MIDI versions of many different compositions.  The practice versions here are my modifications to the original.


Practice Charts

The following charts can be used with the above files and a copy of the score to follow allong.  The charts call out the letter markings in the score and the approximate elapsed time of the file.  This can be used with MIDI players to jump to these locations in each file.
 
 

1. Magnificat anima mea

Letter
Time
Letter
Time
A
0:12
J
3:23
B
0:33
K
3:57
C
0:55
L
4:36
D
1:17
M
5:01
E
1:43
N
5:24
F
2:08
O
5:53
G
2:24
P
6:29
H
2:33
Q
6:47
I
3:00

 

2. Of a Rose, a lovely Rose

Letter
Time
Letter
Time
A
0:32
E
2:10
B
0:50
F
2:40
C
1:19
G
3:04
D
1:40
H
3:30

 

3. Quia fecit mihi magna

Letter
Time
Letter
Time
A
0:29
F
2:55
B
0:50
G
3:24
C
1:27
H
3:49
D
1:47
I
4:04
E
2:03
J
4:24

 

4. Et misericordia

Letter
Time
Letter
Time
A
0:42
E
2:10
B
1:00
F
2:40
C
1:17
G
3:19
D
1:51
   

 

5. Fecit potentiam

Letter
Time
Letter
Time
A
0:14
F
1:53
B
0:29
G
2:09
C
0:52
H
2:35
D
1:16
I
2:55
E
1:36
J
3:17

 

6. Esurientes

Letter
Time
Letter
Time
A
0:39
E
3:17
B
1:15
F
4:06
C
1:55
G
4:47
D
2:48
   

 

7. Gloria Patri

Letter
Time
Letter
Time
A
0:54
G
3:31
B
1:42
H
3:54
C
1:57
I
4:06
D
2:24
J
4:28
E
2:42
K
4:39
F
3:10


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This page last updated February 28, 2002
by: Craig L. Mahaney