Settings of the traditional canticles, for SATB and organ, in mainly diatonic style
- Op.23 No.2
- 5 minutes, 8 seconds
These settings were composed in 1996 and revised in 2008. Set for SATB and organ, with minimal divisi at the final cadences, they are mainly diatonic with a wide range of modulations.
The Magnificat commences in a lively D minor but concludes in a confident A major, exploring chord clusters (notably in the organ part) within a diatonic style. The organ part develops certain choral lines, integrating the piece tightly.
The Nunc Dimittis is set in A major, continuing the material with which the Magnificat concluded, developing the upwardly rising semiquaver figure from the Magnificat, and commencing with a reworking of As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be.