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Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis

Classical/Choral music • 1998 • Lyricist: old sacred text
 
 
   
 

For men's voices (ATB-ATB)

Title by uploader: Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis for men's voices (ATB-ATB)


12.00 USD

PDF, 373.7 Kb ID: SM-000177188 Upload date: 22 Dec 2012
Instrumentation
Male choir: Alto, Tenor, Bass
Scored for
Choir
Type of score
Vocal score
Publisher
David W Solomons
Language
English
Difficulty
Medium
Duration
4'0
Year of composition
2010
Genre
Religious/Christian
This setting of the Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis (called Canticula Ursae Minoris - songs of a little bear) is based on my oratorio in which I set a chapter of Winnie the Pooh. The are tunes and light and playful but the complexity makes it suited to a Cathedral or Church setting.
The oratorio itself (The Poohratorio, composed in 1977) has not yet been published here due to copyright on the works of A A Milne, but the melodies are entirely mine. You may be able to guess some of the characters whose leitmotifs in the oratorio are used in this setting. In particular, the lesser doxology (Glory be to the Father) makes great use the theme of Eeyore, the complaining donkey.

The sound sample is a commissioned recording by Matthew Curtis of www.choraltracks.com

I have also created a string sextet (2 violins, 2 violas and 2 cellos) using a similar setting - called Songs of the Little Bear, also available on musicaneo.
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For six part mixed choir

Title by uploader: Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis for six part mixed choir


12.00 USD

PDF, 390.4 Kb ID: SM-000195244 Upload date: 03 Dec 2013
Instrumentation
Mixed choir: Soprano, Alto, Tenor
Scored for
Sextet
Type of score
Vocal score
Key
G major
Publisher
David W Solomons
Language
English
Difficulty
Medium
Duration
4'10
Year of composition
2013
This setting for double mixed choir (SAT-SAT) of the Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis (called Canticula Ursae Minoris - songs of a little bear) is based on my oratorio in which I set a chapter of Winnie the Pooh (The Expotition to the North Pole). The are tunes and light and playful but the complexity makes it suited to a Cathedral or Church setting.
The oratorio itself (The Poohratorio, composed in 1977) has not yet been published here, due to copyright on the works of A A Milne, but the melodies are entirely mine. You may be able to guess some of the characters whose leitmotifs in the oratorio are used in this setting. In particular, the lesser doxology (Glory be to the Father) makes great use the theme of Eeyore, the complaining donkey.

The sound sample is recorded by Matthew Curtis of www.choraltracks.com

The male voices version (ATB-ATB) is also available on musicaneo at
http://www.musicaneo.com/sheetmusic/sm-177188_magnificat_and_nunc_dimittis_for_men_s_voices_atb-atb.html#177188

I have also created a string sextet (2 violins, 2 violas and 2 cellos) using a similar setting - called Songs of the Little Bear, also available on musicaneo at
http://www.musicaneo.com/sheetmusic/sm-177190_songs_of_a_little_bear_for_string_sextet.html#177190
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For men's voices (TBarB-TBarB)

Title by uploader: Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis (Canticula Ursae Minoris - Songs of the Little Bear) for men's voices (TBarB-TBarB)


12.00 USD

PDF, 376.1 Kb ID: SM-000266272 Upload date: 01 Dec 2016
Instrumentation
Male choir: Tenor, Baritone, Bass
Scored for
Sextet
Type of score
Vocal score
Publisher
David W Solomons
Language
English
Difficulty
Medium
Duration
4'0
Year of composition
2016
Genre
Religious/Christian
This vocal work is based on the themes of my 1976 cantata "Poohratorio" (due for publication on or after the year 2031, when the works of A A Milne go into public domain).
The cantata itself was based on Milne's "Expotition to the North Pole" (a chapter from the Winnie the Pooh book "Now we are six") and reflects each character and Pooh-song with characteristic leitmotfs.
These leitmotifs are re-used both here in the "Canticula Ursae Minoris" ie the canticles Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis, for six-part men's choir (TBarB-TBarB) and in the "Songs of the little bear" for string sextet.
Thus do simple tunes become fairly complex yet transparent structures.
The fact that the constellation Little Bear (or Little Dipper) has its tail pointing to the (North) Pole Star is a happy coincidence!

There is a performance of the ATB-ATB version on youtube, performed by Matthew Curtis here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KzrDwIXZAW4

However the sound sample here, for this TBarB-TBarB version, is an electronic preview, using the sounds of clarinets, bassoons and tubas.
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