Magnificat and Nunc dimittis in E minor (William Bennett)

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Editor: Christopher Shaw (submitted 2018-06-02).   Score information: A4, 11 pages, 178 kB   Copyright: Personal
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General Information

Title: Magnificat and Nunc dimittis in E minor
Composer: William Bennett

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SacredEvening Canticles

Language: English
Instruments: Cello

First published: 1770 in A New Set of Psalm Tunes and Anthems, p. 95
Description: From pp. 95-100 of A New set of Psalm Tunes and Anthems, in four Parts, for the Use of Country Choirs. In that source, the Magnificat is printed on pp95-98, including the concluding doxology: the Nunc Dimittis is printed without doxology, on pp. 99-100, followed by a note 'Glory Patri as Magnificat'. "Country Choirs" is a term often used to mean choirs in parish churches and proprietary chapels, as yet without an organ installed. Other instruments were employed instead (particularly 'cello or bassoon to reinforce the bass). Bennett has provided sufficient clues (cues) to indicate that he intended a bass instrument to be employed in this piece. The editorial keyboard reduction should be used only for practice, and not performance. If a bass instrument is available, there are short sections in which the Bass singers should remain silent; at those places the underlay is written in parentheses [].

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Original text and translations

Original text and translations may be found at Magnificat and Nunc dimittis.