Epsom Evening Service, by Nigel Williams
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Magnificat

Nunc Dimittis
Details
Written in 1999 for Alyson Porter (now Alyson Aronson), Director of Music of St Martin's Church, Epsom. The tenor line in "Glory be to the Father" is the same in both canticles, and needs to be heard. Magnificat makes extensive use of pedal points and contrasts 4/4 and 7/8 time signatures. Nunc Dimittis has a duet for soprano and alto, mostly in thirds. There is also a two-part arrangement of this movement.
Scoring
For four-part mixed choir and organ, with parts for male and female soli.
Occasions
Canticles for the Anglican daily  Evening Service, also called Choral Evensong or Evening Prayer. The gospel text of Nunc Dimittis is read at Candlemas and Magnificat relates to the Visitation.
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