The Prescott Canticles
Carson P. Cooman

Composer Carson P. Cooman
Text Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis, 1662 Book of Common Prayer
Voicing SATB, a cappella
Lectionary usage Advent,
Topic Evensong
Price $2.75 (U.S.)
Length Released 6/18
Catalog no. 410-924
Difficulty Mod. easy

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Anthem text
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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Carson Cooman has written a moderately easy setting of the traditional Evensong canticles, designed to be effective even with a small choir. In the “Magnificat,” the melody soars over a rising ostinato figure. The “Nunc dimittis” (with a gently bouncing accompaniment) finds a sense of quiet, child-like joy in the vision of the aged Simeon seeing the infant Jesus.


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