Category: MUSIC IN WORSHIP
Composer: Charles Villiers Stanford
Publisher: Public Domain (CPDL)
Voicing: SATB, Soloist
The Apollo Club, Artistic Director and Conductor. Cathedral of Saint Paul, Choirmaster
R&R Chair Music in Worship
If you’ve ever attended a choral evensong, you have likely seen the Nunc dimittis, also known as the Song of Simeon (Luke 2:29-32) paired with the Magnificat (Luke 1:46-55). English composers have written “Mag and Nunc” settings for centuries. If you ever hear anyone refer to a choral piece by only the composer and the key they are talking about a “Magnificat and Nunc dimittis” setting. The Stanford in G is particularly gorgeous. I have chosen just the Nunc dimittis in this case because it works so well on it’s own. The ranges stay comfortable and low for the most part. The trickiest element is that you need a baritone/bass soloist. This work has also been popular with small and large choirs alike.