C. V. Stanford (1852 – 1924): Service in B flat, Op 10 – Nunc dimittis, ‘Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace’

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Stanford’s gentle and meditative setting of the Nunc dimittis for his Service in B flat, Op 10 is notable for its scoring for tenor and bass voices only until the gloria. You’ll find it below sung by the Westminster Abbey Choir conducted by James O’Donnell. Enjoy :-).


Text: Nunc Dimittis

Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace: according to thy word.
For mine eyes have seen: thy salvation;
Which thou hast prepared: before the face of all people;
To be a light to lighten the Gentiles: and to be the glory of thy people Israel.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son: and to the Holy Ghost;
As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be: world without end. Amen.

Luke 2: 29-32

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