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Nunc dimittis : SATB choir

by Jennifer Fowler (2002)

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Performance by Trinity College Choir, University of Melbourne, Michael Leighton Jones from the CD Works of Jennifer Fowler. Transcriptions Disc 1

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Nunc dimittis : for SATB choir / Jennifer Fowler.

Library shelf no. 782.555295/FOW 1 [Available for loan]

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Work Overview

The Magnificat Project was a Millennium project set up to commission women composers. The text of the Magnificat itself has, of course, been set by many composers over the centuries and is regularly sung in church services. It displays a unique combination of the human joy of a young woman who finds that she is nurturing a new life, with the religious fervour of someone who finds she has gained a new insight into the nature of God. It is usually allied in services with the Nunc Dimittis - the song of an old man. This demonstrates a balance of experience within the service.

However, most settings of both texts have traditionally been made by male composers. The Magnificat Project has been designed to redress the balance and allow women's voices to be heard reflected through and around these wonderful texts.

Work Details

Year: 2002

Instrumentation: Choir of 3, 4 or 5 parts, unaccompanied (can be: SATB, SSATB, TBarB, etc). Could also be performed by solo voices.

Duration: 4 min.

Difficulty: Medium — Amateur church or student choir.

Commission note: Commissioned with funds provided by Arts Council England.. Commissioned by the "Magnificat Project", Women in Music, UK.

First performance: by COMA Singers — 10 Mar 02. Tudor Merchant's Hall, Southampton, UK

Text from English translation from 'Common Worship', Authorised version of the Bible, Luke 2, 29-32.


Performances of this work

16 Sep 11: Church of the Nativity, Flagstaff, Arizon, USA. Featuring Nancy Haddon, Psallite Women's Choir.

31 Mar 11: St Bartholomew's the less, London EC1, UK. Featuring Nancy Haddon, Psallite Women's Choir.

19 Jun 10: New College, Oxford, UK. Featuring New College Choir (Oxford UK), Steven Grahl.

4 May 08: Trinity College, University of Melbourne, VIC. Featuring Trinity College Choir, University of Melbourne, Michael Leighton Jones.

16 Oct 04: St James' Church, Avebury, UK. Featuring Paragon Singers, Keith Bennett.

1 Mar 03: Church College Choir Festival, Arts Centre, Twickenham, UK

10 Mar 02: Tudor Merchant's Hall, Southampton, UK. Featuring COMA Singers.

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