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Nunc dimittis a 4-5 (Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina)
- 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.
Title: Nunc dimittis a5
Composer: Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina
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.
Original text and translations
Original text and translations may be found at Nunc dimittis.