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Nunc dimittis

author of text
Luke 2: 29-32

Such was the prestige enjoyed by the music of Josquin during and immediately after his lifetime that an unusually large number of compositions which he probably or definitely did not write were attributed to him, some no doubt on the principle that an orphan given a famous name is more likely to succeed in the world. This appears to be the case with the present Nunc dimittis, which was included in the collected Josquin edition but subsequently shown to be of unreliable attribution. Whoever the composer, it is a setting of affecting simplicity and expressiveness which bears some of the hallmarks of Josquin’s style, notably in the alternation of high and low pairs of voices. Particularly effective is a reprise near the end (unusual in Renaissance motets) of the opening words and music.

from notes by Collegium Records © 1999


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Track 14 on COLCD125 [6'20] Download only

Track-specific metadata for COLCD125 track 14

Recording date
Recording venue
Ely Cathedral, United Kingdom
Recording producer
John Rutter
Recording engineer
David Jacob
Hyperion usage
  1. Illumina (COLCD125)
    Disc 1 Track 14
    Release date: November 1999
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