Craig Phillips

Composer Craig Phillips
Text Mechtild of Magdeburg (1207-1294)
Scripture references Mark 9:7, Luke 9:35
Voicing SATB, organ
Topics Epiphany, Transfiguration
Price $2.50 (U.S.)
Length 4' 15" Released 8/05
Catalog no. 405-390
Mod. easy
Discography Be Still, My Soul: The Choir of All Saints Church (Gothic Records, 520-251)

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With its striking text by the 13th century mystic Mechtild of Magdeburg, and its richly evocative organ accompaniment, this anthem sheds new light on the feast of the Transfiguration. The work is elegantly crafted and highly effective in its portrayal of the entire cosmos rejoicing at the glorification of Christ.

Anthem text
O burning mountain,
O chosen sun,
O perfect moon,
O fathomless well,
O unattainable height,
O unattainable light,
O clearness beyond all measure,
O wisdom without end,
O mercy without all limit,
O strength beyond resistance,
O crown of all majesty,
All creation humbly sings your praise:
Bright stars, high mountains,
depths of the seas, rushing waters,
All these break into song
at heaven’s proclamation:
This is my Son, my beloved,
My chosen One.

--Mechtild of Magdeburg (1207-1294)


"Finally, a glance toward Epiphany. Craig Phillips' wonderful (and demanding!) Transfiguration, commissioned for the 2004 AAM Conference, would set the seal on this season brilliantly. The text, rich in images from nature, comes from Mechtild of Magdeburg (13th cent.), plus a dash of the day's Gospel ("This is my Son...") and closing Alleluias that will set the rafters ringing." --AAM Journal, Oct. 2006



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