Hewitt Jones: The Worcester Service - Magnificat & Nunc dimittis
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Publisher: Cathedral Music Ltd
In writing the Worcester Service I wanted to create a new, distinctive setting of the Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis right from the moment of the choir's first entry, an octave leap on an 'ah' vowel, which immediately sets a contemplative and fervent atmosphere. My musical focus on the awe of the greatness of God throughout the two texts has allowed for what I hope is a highly melodic and memorable setting of the canticles, with a quirky and contrasting organ part which allows for a rather distinctive sound. The Nunc Dimittis is both luscious and delicate in equal measure, and includes a scoring for divisi upper voices at the start. Both times the music of the Gloria is appropriately dramatic, harking back to ancient plainsong at the start. The soaring melody of the choral lines and the contrastingly idiosyncratic organ part from the start of the Magnificat eventually resolve towards a feeling of completeness.
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