Nunc dimittis a 4-5 (Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina)

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  • (Posted 2012-04-07)  CPDL #25867:   
Editor: Adrian Wall (submitted 2012-04-07).   Score information: A4, 2 pages, 189 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: Transposed down a tone, for SATBarB. Polyphony for verse 2 supplied editorially.

General Information

Title: Nunc dimittis a5
Composer: Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina

Number of voices: 5vv   Voicing: SATTB
Genre: SacredEvening Canticles

Language: Latin
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1892
, in F X Haberl's Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina: Werke, volume XXXI Description: Clearly, the setting of verse 2 in Haberl's publication is a variant of Palestrina's 4-part setting of the Nunc dimittis, and doesn't really belong with this 5-part setting. To those familiar with Carols for Choirs 2 (Oxford, 1970), this Nunc dimittis (and not a Magnificat as stated in Carols for Choirs 2) - and the plainsong tone upon which it is based - was used as the musical material for an arrangement of the Matin Responsory by David Willcocks and John Rutter. The principal material from which the arrangement of the Matin Responsory is taken is from the two halves of verse 2 (as provided by Haberl) and the first half of verse 4 with some adaptations.

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Original text and translations

Original text and translations may be found at Nunc dimittis.