Tell Out, My Soul (Song of Mary)
David Hurd

Composer David Hurd
Text Magnificat, para. Timothy Dudley-Smith
Voicing SATB, organ
Lectionary usage Advent
Price $2.50 (U.S.)
Length 4' 30" Released 7/99
Catalog no. 410-882
Difficulty Mod. diff

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A wonderfully splashy setting of Timothy Dudley-Smith's paraphrase of the Magnificat. The choral writing is accessible: there is some divisi, but much of the piece is in unison and/or two parts. And the organ part, although independent, is not difficult. The overall effect is both festive and expansive.

Tell out, my soul,
the greatness of the Lord!
Unnumbered blessings
give my spirit voice,
tender to me
the promise of his word;
in God my Savior
shall my heart rejoice.

Tell out, my soul,
the greatness of his name!
Make known his might,
the deeds his arm has done;
his mercy sure,
from age to age the same;
his holy Name--
the Lord, Mighty One.

Tell out, my soul,
the greatness of his might!
Powers and dominions
lay their glory by.
Proud hearts and stubborn wills
are put to flight,
the hungry fed,
the humble lifted high.

Tell out, my soul,
the glories of his word!
Firm is his promise
and his mercy sure.
Tell out, my soul,
the greatness of the Lord
to children's children
and forever more.

-Magnificat (Luke 1:46-55), para. Timothy Dudley-Smith, 1962
© 1962 Hope Publishing Co., Carol Stream, Ill. 60188 (for permission to reprint this text contact Hope at All rights reserved.


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"David Hurd's setting of Bishop Dudley-Smith's metrical Magnificat (Tell Out, My Soul) is from the St. Philip's in the Hills series, which my successor there, Bill Roberts, continues to make one of the jewels of the Church. This is vintage Hurd, which is to say, this is elegantly essential music. The choral parts are gratifying without being overly challenging, and the organ part is a dream. Don't even think about it; just order it and program it!" --AAM Journal, July/August 2001

"One can imagine that in addition to her great humility at the angels news, Mary might have (understandably) felt like leaping for joy. Choir and organ explore the latter extroverted possibility in this glorious anthem on Timothy Dudley-Smith's Magnificat paraphrase. Recommended." --CrossAccent, Fall 1999

"This well-known paraphrase of the Magnificat by Timothy Dudley-Smith is found here in a very lyrical setting for SATB choir and organ. A rising interval of a fifth begins this tune, sequencing up on three repetitions of 'Tell out my soul' and soars to a decorated interval of a tenth prepared from above on the third repetition of the word 'soul,' from where the tune began. The unifying organ interludes between each verse play this theme each time, sometimes in dfferent keys. The choral and organ parts are very independent, but produce a wonderful blend with lush harmonies." --The Hymn, October 2000


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