Three Choirs Service (Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis)

Three Choirs Service (Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis) : Vocal score

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for SATB and organ Commissioned by the 2015 Three Choirs Festival, this is Chilcott's second setting of the Evening Canticles. Bright and rhythmical, the Magnificat features syncopated chords in the organ part that punctuate the more sustained choral textures. In contrast, the Nunc dimittis is reflective, opening with a soaring soprano melody and building towards an expressive climax on the word 'glory'. Ideal for church and cathedral choirs looking for something new for their evening service.
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Product details

  • Sheet music | 20 pages
  • 174 x 247 x 2mm | 46g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • 0193406527
  • 9780193406520

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Chilcott has written two pieces that many parish choirs will be able to enjoy singing, in four parts with only occasional divisi. The setting comprises two quite separate pieces, distinct in key, metre, melodic material and not sharing a common Gloria. One or other would be a good choice for a service where only a Magnificat or a Nunc dimittis is required. * Stephen Patterson, Sunday by Sunday (RSCM), March 2016 * His breezy, ebullient style infuses the canticles with a dancing spirit that carries the text along . . . Chilcott varies the texture frequently, exploring a number of different moods in quick succession . . . While the service may not be sight-readable, it is well within the grasp of most choirs accustomed to evensong . . . The organ part throughout is enjoyable without ever being taxing. * Jason Overall, Journal of the Association of Anglican Musicians, May 2016 *
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About Bob Chilcott

Bob Chilcott has been involved with choral music all his life, first as a Chorister and then a Choral Scholar at King's College, Cambridge. Later, he sang and composed music for 12 years with The King's Singers. His experiences with that group, his passionate commitment to young and amateur choirs, and his profound belief that music can unite people, have inspired him both to compose full-time and, through proactive workshopping, to promote choral music
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