The Palmer Canticles
David Ashley White

Composer David Ashley White
Text Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis, 1662 Book of Common Prayer
Voicing SATB, and organ
Lectionary usage Advent
Topic Evensong
Price $2.75 (U.S.)
Length Released 6/18
Catalog no. 410-950
Difficulty Mod. easy

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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
David Ashley White’s “Palmer Canticles” were written for Palmer Memorial Episcopal Church in Houston, Texas. The Magnificat begins with the optimistic sounds of the Lydian mode and is filled with rich harmonic shifts. The Nunc dimittis begins lyrically in the Mixolydian mode. Contrasting with the exultant “Gloria Patri” at the end of the Magnificat, the Nunc dimittis ends with a quiet “Amen.”



 

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