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The Selwyn Service

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Magnificat: Luke 1: 46-55; Nunc dimittis: Luke 2: 29-32

 
The Selwyn Service was composed during Mealor’s time as a Visiting Fellow at Selwyn College, Cambridge. In writing with a specific ensemble and instrument in mind, and for a chapel with specific acoustic properties, Mealor’s musical aesthetic is clearly afforded another dimension. Inspired by the young, flexible, and highly-skilled voices of the Chapel Choir, the Magnificat incorporates particularly memorable vocal writing around the text ‘and hath exalted the humble and meek’ which is full of energy and vitality. Out of the bass solo which opens the Nunc dimittis grows a full choral texture. Notable is the attention lavished on the Gloria Patri which concludes The Selwyn Service, which confirms final arrival in the key of A flat major and which leaves the brooding key of F minor (which opened the Magnificat) far behind.

from notes by Richard Longman © 2020

Recordings

Mealor: Blessing & other choral works
Studio Master: SIGCD613Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

Details

Canticle 1: Magnificat  My soul doth magnify the Lord
Track 8 on SIGCD613 [3'54] Download only
Canticle 2: Nunc dimittis  Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace
Track 9 on SIGCD613 [2'38] Download only

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