Thomas Tallis (±1505-1585): Nunc dimittis a 5

This five-part (SAT[Bar]B) Latin-texted setting of the Song of Simeon is found only in the Baldwin partbooks. The fact that it’s in Latin presents problems for musical historians with tidy minds because, being in Latin, he surely wouldn’t have composed it during Edward VI’s sternly protestant reign when composers with Catholic sympathies were keeping their…

William Mundy (±1529-1591): Evening Canticles

Mundy is one of those Tudor composers about whom we know almost nothing. His career spanned the entirety of the English reformation, the Henrician overthrow of the Catholic church, the Edwardian intensification of reform, the Marian reaction, and Elizabeth II’s re-entrenchment of the Anglican church, Mundy saw them all. His contemporaries thought very well of…

My cup runneth over

There’s been a glut of excellent music performed live from YouTube channels that I follow in the last fortnight.  One of those channels is The Choir of Somerville College, Oxford’s channel who uploaded this performance of Wood’s Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis in D given at Washington National Cathedral on July 1st 2014,  and Tallis’ If…

William Walton – Magnificat & Nunc dimittis (Chichester Service)

The choir of Trinity College, Cambridge, directed by Stephen Layton singing Walton Walton’s settings of the Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis. Walton set them in 1974 in response to a commission from Walter Hussey, Dean of Chichester Cathedral, in celebration of Chichester Cathedral’s 900th anniversary. Hence the name "Chichester Service". Walton said that he had difficulty…

Nunc dimittis

I was chatting to an Anglican friend of mine about the ‘Mags and Nuncs’ – Magnificats and Nunc Dimittis, that are such a central feature in English post-reformation musical history. "Do you know", she said, "I’ve never actually heard the original Latin chant". So here it is without further ado, the performers are Musica Contexta.…

Gabriel Jackson (1962 –): Magnificat & Nunc Dimittis (Truro Service) — Choir of St Mary’s Cathedral

Choral Evensong from St Mary’s Episcopal Cathedral, Edinburgh. The Cathedral Choir, under the direction of Matthew Owens, perform settings of the Magnificat (0:01) and Nunc Dimittis(4:17) evening canticles out of Gabriel Jackson’s stunning Truro Service. Both canticles appear on the 2005 disk ‘Gabriel Jackson: Sacred Choral Works’, available on iTunes through Delphian Records. Treble and…

William Byrd (±1539-1623): Nunc Dimittis from the Great Service

Byrd’s settings for the Great Service took Anglican music forward from its hesitant and somewhat experimental phase into somewhat more splendid territory. He probably wrote the Magnificat (about which I wrote last Friday see: William Byrd (±1539-1623): Magnificat from the Great Service | Saturday Chorale) and the Nunc Dimittis last it’s beautiful music which manages…