Henry Purcell (1659-1695): Evening Canticles from Complete Service in B flat Z 230

Like all the canticles  in his Complete Service in B flat, Z230 this setting of the Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis is fairly conservative by Purcell’s standards. It spread like wildfire all through the British Isles, the number of sources in which it appears is staggering. I suspect that its popularity (and the fact that it’s in the standard repertory to this day) lies in the fact that Z230 is so very conservative. The harmonic writing is very simple and often indeed homophonic which doesn’t stop it from being very pleasing indeed to the ear. Enjoy :-).

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Henry Purcell (1659-1695): Magnificat from Complete Service in B flat Z 230

My soul doth magnify the Lord:
and my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour.
For he hath regarded: the lowliness of his hand-maiden.
For behold, from henceforth: all generations shall call me blessed.
For he that is mighty hath magnified me: and holy is his Name.
And his mercy is on them that fear him: throughout all generations.
He hath shewed strength with his arm:
he hath scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts.
He hath put down the mighty from their seat:
and hath exalted the humble and meek.
He hath filled the hungry with good things:
and the rich he hath sent empty away.
He remembering his mercy hath holpen his servant Israel:
as he promised to our forefathers, Abraham and his seed for ever.

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.

Henry Purcell (1659-1695): Nunc Dimittis from Complete Service in B flat Z 230

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.

Performers:

Choir of Westminster Abbey conducted by James O’Donnell

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