George Arthur: Nunc dimittis
The piece has a very clear two-part structure.
A peaceful setting, resembling a lullaby which rarely rises above mp in the first section. Silence also plays a key part in the opening.
Each vocal part uses a small intervallic range returning to a central note, these intervals get wider with each new statement.
Simple four-part homophonic texture throughout which requires a well-balanced choral sound.
The setting becomes more animated in the second section with the doxology, which has alternating time signatures, an increase in rhythmic movement and a greater dynamic range.
- for mixed choir (SATB) a cappella
- Edition type:
- choral score
- Arthur George
- Contemporary Music, New Publications