Nunc dimittis

Canterbury, Canterbury cathedral-stained glass 11Today is Candlemas. Yesterday I preached at Christ Church Wanstead for the occasion; today I put the finishing touches on my setting of the Nunc dimittis. It’s SATB a capella, and a bit crunchy in places; being a bit calmer than some settings, it would be particularly appropriate for use during a service of sung Compline.

I’ve put it up at CPDL as usual but it won’t be visible there for another 24 hours, unless you have an account. In the meantime, the score is here.

And I’ve experimented with having some robot flutes play an mp3 of the file, since MIDI is getting hard for people to listen to on phones and so on:

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.

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