Creg Choir

Greg Scheer
greg@gregscheer.com

My Soul Will Magnify the Lord

Solo, SATB and Piano, opt. brass and rhythm section
by Greg Scheer
text based on Luke 3:23-37
copyright 1997

Talk aboutt a musical melting pot: Mary's song from Luke 1:46-55 is combined with the genealogy of Jesus in Luke 3:23-37, a pop rhythm section is combined with a full choir, and a gospel-style solo is set against classical compositional techniques like counterpoint. Is this art? folly? a little bit of both? Here's how I see it: the R&Bish musical style amplifies the brash exuberance of the text. Ending with the genealogy is kind of odd, but if you think about it, it makes sense--even though Mary was a young girl, she knew she was a part of a bigger plan that stretched back to the beginning of time. In fact, one of my singers in the choir at Bellefield Presbyterian Church in Pittsburgh thought I should patent the idea because it was so original!

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My soul will magnify the Lord
and my spirit will rejoice.
To the one who’s seen my humble state
I will lift my heart and voice  --
           to God my Savior.

Every age will bless my name,
each generation will repeat
the awesome works of our mighty God
and the great things He’s done for me --
            and holy is his name.

His mercy covers those who fear him,
from generations past to those to come.
With his might he has scattered the haughty.
By his power he has brought rulers from their thrones,
           but he has lifted the humble!

The hungry have eaten til they’re full.
The rich have left with nothing in their hands.
He has shown mercy to his servant Israel
and kept the promise that he made to Abraham
            and his descendants.

Jesus the son of
Joseph the son of
Heli the son of
Matthat the son of
Levi the son of
Melki the son of
Jannai the son of

Joseph the son of
Mattathias the son of
Amos the son of
Nahum the son of
Esli the son of
Naggai the son of
Maath the son of

Mattathias the son of
Semein the son of
Josech the son of
Joda the son of
Joanan the son of
Rhesa the son of
Zerubbabel the son of

Shealtiel the son of
Neri the son of
Melki the son of
Addi the son of
Cosam the son of
Elmadam the son of
Er the son of

Joshua the son of
Eliezer the son of
Jorim the son of
Matthat the son of
Levi the son of
Simeon the son of
Judah the son of

Joseph the son of
Jonam the son of
Eliakim the son of
Melea the son of
Menna the son of
Mattatha the son of
Nathan the son of

David the son of
Jesse the son of
Obed the son of
Boaz the son of
Salmon the son of
Nahshon the son of
Amminadab the son of

Ram the son of
Hezron the son of
Perez the son of
Judah the son of
Jacob the son of
Isaac the son of
Abraham the son of

Terah the son of
Nahor the son of
Serug the son of
Reu the son of
Peleg the son of
Eber the son of
Shelah the son of

Cainan the son of
Arphaxad the son of
Shem the son of
Noah the son of
Lamech the son of
Methuselah the son of
Enoch the son of

Jared the son of
Mahalalel the son of
Kenan the son of
Enosh the son of
Seth the son of
Adam the son of

God