Keur Moussa Magnificat (Mon âme exalte le Seigneur)


In 2019, Church of the Servant commissioned me to arrange a lovely Magnificat by Keur Moussa. The Keur Moussa community, which is something like the Taizé of Senegal, has developed its own style of singing that combines the beautiful austerity of Catholic chant with the insistent rhythms of West Africa. Trying to remain in the spirit of the original piece, this arrangement is complex, but not flashy; exciting, but still mesmerizing.

Arrangement for SATB choir, flute, strings, guitar, mbira, shakers, dumbek, and drum set. Purchase price includes full score, all instrumental parts, and permission to make multiple copies for choir.

arranged and translated by Greg Scheer
commissioned by Church of the Servant
copyright 2019

My soul, it will magnify God,
and in my Lord will my Spirit rejoice.

For God blesses the poor
through all generations.

1. My soul exalts in the Lord;
my spirit rejoices in God my Savior.
For God has looked on his humble servant;
forevermore all generations shall call me blessed.

2. Mighty One has done great things for me,
and holy is God’s name!
God’s love runs throughout all the ages
to all those who fear him.

3. God has shown great strength with his arm;
God has scattered the haughty.
God has toppled all the thrones of the mighty
and exalted the humble.

4. The hungry are filled with good things,
but the rich are sent home empty.
God has shown his great love to Israel
for he is mindful of his mercy.

5. As God has promised unto our forebears,
Abraham and Sarah’s family forever.
Glory to the Father, and to the Son,
and the Holy Spirit both now and forever and ever.