Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis
Instrumentation: Soprano and Baritone solo, SSAATTBB, and Organ.
Duration: c. 8:00'
Text: Song of Mary - Luke 1:46-55 KJV; Song of Simeon - Luke 2:29-32 KJV
Suitable for advanced High School, collegiate, and adult amateur, and professional choirs
Appropriate for worship or concert performance
This combination of Canticles from the the service of Evensong had long intrigued me, but especially so as I gained an intimate understanding of the service through my work as a staff singer at Trinity Church in the City of Boston. The two parts of this service music were written on either side of a Summer 2010 English tour with the Trinity Choirs, where we sang daily evensong at the Cathedrals in Ely and Chicester.
While on this tour, my sister died, after a prolonged illness. The Nunc Dimitis is dedicated to her memory.