Magnificat and Nunc dimittis in D (William Child)

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Editor: Christopher Shaw (submitted 2011-06-19).   Score information: A4, 23 pages, 215 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: Includes a keyboard reduction of the a cappella choral score. Please click on the link for preview/playback/PDF download.

General Information

Title: Magnificat and Nunc dimittis in D
Composer: William Child

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

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1773 in Cathedral Music, Volume 3, p. 56;64.

Description: Child's "Sharp Service" was reputedly the piece de resistance in St George's Chapel, Windsor in the first decade after the Restoration. It was probably the service performed exclusively for the entertainment of Pepys and his wife upon their expedition to meet Child, 26th February, 1666. It is said that Child wrote this service to puzzle his choirmen, they having ridiculed some of his music because it was so easy.

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Original text and translations

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