Magnificat and Nunc dimittis in G minor (John Hilton the elder)

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  • (Posted 2011-11-13)  CPDL #24924:  Network.png
Editor: Christopher Shaw (submitted 2011-11-13).   Score information: A4, 12 pages, 147 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 G minor
Composer: John Hilton the elder

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

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published:

Description: It is uncertain whether this service should be attributed to John Hilton the elder (onetime assistant organist at Lincoln Cathedral) or to his son of the same name (c.1599 - 1657), organist at St Margaret's, Westminster. Extant sacred works undoubtedly composed by the latter display a more modern style than is evident here, and in accordance with the balance of probabilities, I have attributed the work to the older man (this accords with current RISM opinion)

Posterity has not been kind to the Hilton family; despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary, his best-known anthem will be referred to as Farrant's "Lord for thy tender mercy's sake" for as long as pelargoniums are called geraniums.

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Original text and translations

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