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Bevan: Nunc Dimittis omnium tonorum

Bevan: Nunc Dimittis omnium tonorum

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Choral leaflet

£4.95

Publisher: RSCM Press
ISBN: 9780854023202

The idea of setting the words of the Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis to an elaborate ‘falsobordone’ emerged from the practice at Westminster Cathedral of singing the Magnificat to simple falsobordone settings, except that I attempted to incorporate the outline of the psalm tone in an inner voice (Tenor 2 in Magnificat 1) thus emulating a Renaissance cantus firmus structure. The setting constitutes a half-way house between a chant rendition and a through-composed composition, and similar to an alternatim chant/polyphony Nunc Dimittis familiar in the Renaissance, though much shorter. Practically speaking most of the settings here were designed for maximum musical effect with minimum complexity.

David Bevan