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Saint Thomas Service

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

The Magnificat & Nunc dimittis canticles (from the Saint Thomas Service) were written in the summer of 1989. A rhythmic feature, common in a number of Hancock’s works is heard here: at the Magnificat’s opening, a triplet of beat 1 followed by duplets on beats 2 and 3 in 3/2 metre forms a pervasive motif, one prominently featured in a number of other pieces (notably Judge eternal). The opening triplet is then ‘sharpened’ to form the persistent ‘scotch-snap’ figure in the Nunc dimittis.

from notes by Jeremy Filsell © 2021


Hancock: Choral & organ music
Studio Master: SIGCD631Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available


Evening Canticle 1: Magnificat  My soul doth magnify the Lord
Track 5 on SIGCD631 [4'52] Download only
Evening Canticle 2: Nunc dimittis  Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace
Track 6 on SIGCD631 [3'22] Download only

Track-specific metadata for SIGCD631 track 6

Evening Canticle 2: Nunc dimittis
Recording date
12 February 2020
Recording venue
Saint Thomas, Fifth Avenue, New York, USA
Recording producer
Adrian Peacock
Recording engineer
David Hinitt
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  1. Hancock: Choral & organ music (SIGCD631)
    Disc 1 Track 6
    Release date: April 2021
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