Duration: 7'15" |
Ensemble: SATB organ
The Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis was conceived as a homage to Howells. The
various voices each have their turn, representing the different moods of the lines of
the text and Mary's response. It's not until "he hath showed strength with his arm"
that all four parts sing together.
There is plenty of strong unison to emphasise the occasions where there is harmony. The organ part gently supports the voices but does have the odd moment where it can shine.
A most accessible setting but with a few tricky sections for singers to get their teeth into!