Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis

Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis February 24, 2017

These two “canticles” in Luke’s infancy story are not actually said to be “songs.” But they become music over and over again in the Anglican tradition, being so important to the Evening Service that composers have often set these words in multiple keys. And that provides something worth looking at in a course on the Bible and music. What happens when you need to put the same words to music over and over again?

Here is one of Kenneth Leighton’s settings:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5I7Dk-68RME
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