First Service (2004)
Girton & Clare Colleges, Cambridge
Choir, Organ, 8'
2. Nunc Dimittis
These canticles were first performed in November, 2004, at Girton College, Cambrdige, and then at Clare College, Cambridge. They were subsequently broadcast on the BBC 3’s Choral Evensong programme in February, 2005.
The Magnificat features an anxious two-note octave in the organ, nervously twitching in anticipation. The Nunc Dimittis (which is one of my favorite things written in the English language) starts slowly, and then focuses all of its energy towards the beginning of the Gloria Patri, a New Testament harmonic culling of everything that has come before it. ““ Nico Muhly
Many thanks to Judith Clurman for organizing the performances.
[audio:01 Nunc Dimittis.mp3]
Clare College Choir
James McVinnie, organ
Tim Brown, conductor
My soul doth magnify the Lord,
and my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour.
For he hath regarded the lowliness of his handmaiden.
For behold, from henceforth all generations shall call me blessed.
And his mercy is on them that fear him throughout all generations.
He hath shewed strength with his arm.
He hath scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts.
He hath put down the mighty from their seat
and hath exalted the humble and meek.
He hath filled the hungry with good things.
My soul doth magnify the Lord.
He remembering his mercy hath holpen his servant Israel
as he promised to our forefathers Abraham, and his seed forever.
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.
The backside of King’s College Chapel, with Clare College at left