Nunc dimittis : SATB choir
by Jennifer Fowler (2002)
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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
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.
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.
- In the form/style of: Spiritual and Sacred Music
Performances of this work
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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