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Cor Magnificat is, plainly and simply, a show piece for the horn. It demonstrates the amazing versatility inherent in the instrument; from its ability to “Sing” lyrically or “Show off” as a solo instrument, to its incredible heroism. The title is derived from the French word Cor or “Horn” and the Latin word Magnificat which has many meanings (most, if not all, sacred in nature); however, I chose the meaning “Magnify,” which when translated means “Magnify the horn.”
Raymond Chase, composer and arranger, writes in various genres. He places particular emphasis on capturing how the human spirit copes with triumph and tragedy. His music is often described as complex, yet also quite accessible to the general listener. As a lifelong horn player, Mr. Chase draws heavily on that experience, writing for the instrument whenever possible. Recently, a collaboration with Karen Schneider and the Cincinnati Horn Connection yielded Mr. Chase’s most critically acclaimed work to date, Paradigm Shift, which premiered at the 35th International Horn Symposium at Indiana University. In addition, Mr. Chase has produced well over one hundred arrangements for a variety of different ensembles.
Mr. Chase studied composition with Stanley Gibb and Phillip Browne and conducting with Iris Levine and Mitchell Fennell. He studied horn with Audrey Lamprey at California State Polytechnic University at Pomona where he received a Bachelor of Arts in Music degree. When he is not flying as a professional pilot, he serves as the staff arranger and music consultant for the Riverside Unified School District.