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Nunc dimittis, 1997 version

composer
1979; re-arranged 1997; title music for Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy
author of text
Luke 2: 29-32

 
Although the composer admits that the creative act can be a struggle, many of his works spring to life, Minerva-like, fully formed in Burgon’s imagination. His Nunc dimittis, for example, conceived for the BBC’s acclaimed dramatization of John le Carré’s novel Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, briefly entered the UK pop chart’s Top 10 in 1979. It has since established an enduring place in the church repertoire. Burgon observes: ‘Like many of my best pieces, it came to me very clearly and complete. And I always thought of it as being part of a tradition of sacred music, not a piece deliberately written in a “pop” style.’

from notes by Andrew Stewart 2006

Recordings

Burgon: Choral Music
CDH55421

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Track 18 on CDH55421 [3'25]

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