The Portland Canticles
Alfred V. Fedak

Composer Alfred V. Fedak
Text Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis, 1662 Book of Common Prayer
Voicing SATB, organ
Lectionary usage Advent
Topic Evensong
Price $2.75 (U.S.)
Length Released 6/18
Catalog no. 410-924
Difficulty Mod. diff.

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Anthem text
Magnificat
My soul doth magnify the Lord : and my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour.
   For he hath regarded : the lowliness of his handmaiden.
   For behold, from henceforth : all generations shall call me blessed.
   For he that is mighty hath magnified me : and holy is his Name.
   And his mercy is on them that fear him : throughout all generations.
   He hath showed strength with his arm : he hath scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts.
   He hath put down the mighty from their seat : and hath exalted the humble and meek.
   He hath filled the hungry with good things : and the rich he hath sent empty away.
   He remembering his mercy hath holpen his servant Israel : as he promised to our forefathers, Abraham and his seed, for ever.
   Glory be to the Father, &c.
   As it was in the beginning, &c.

Nunc Dimittis
Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace : according to thy word.
   For mine eyes have seen : thy salvation,
   Which thou hast prepared : before the face of all people;
   To be a light to lighten the Gentiles : and to be the glory of thy people Israel.
   Glory be to the Father, &c.
   As it was in the beginning, &c.

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Description
Alfred V. Fedak’s “Portland Canticles” were commissioned by St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Portland, Maine in celebration of Albert Melton’s 20th anniversary as Organist/Choirmaster. The exuberant Magnificat with its full choral sound contrasts with the song-like Nunc dimittis, which offers the option for an extended baritone (or section) solo. (The Gloria Patri is repeated.)

 



 

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