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Nunc Dimittis

By Philip Le Bas

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Organ, Choir, SATB - Digital Download
Composed by Philip Le Bas. Christian, Sacred, Praise & Worship. Score. 7 pages. Published by Published by Philip Le Bas (S0.405775).

Item Number: S0.405775

The "Nunc Dimittis" is sung at every choral Evensong or Vespers, as the words of the prophet Simeon (Luke 2:29-32) on seeing the child Jesus in the Temple at Jerusalem. Here the canticle is set in English ("Lord, now your servant depart in peace") for SATB choir and organ.
It has a grand opening in D minor ("My eyes have seen your light"), followed by the main canticle text set in a rich D flat major tune. The opening theme returns towards the end, and the piece finishes with a glorious "Glory be to the Father... Amen."
The canticle would also be particularly appropriate at Candlemas celebrations, as well as at services expressing "letting go...".

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