Simeon's Hymn (Bird, Peter)
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|Work Title||Simeon's Hymn|
|Alternative Title||Nunc dimittis|
|Opus/Catalogue Number||PB 11|
|Year/Date of Composition||2007|
|Language||English and Latin|
|Dedication||To Johannes Ockeghem|
|Instrumentation||SATB chorus, occasionally divisi, with short S descant. Optional organ accompaniment.|
A companion piece to “Mary’s hymn (Magnificat),” with parallel structure but different melodies. The initial theme introduced by the basses is echoed one bar later by the tenors (canon at the 6th) and also by the altos and sopranos at 1/2 speed and 1/3 speed, respectively (prolation canon). The middle section uses free imitative polyphony and familiar style. The ending doxology repeats the initial canon under Gregorian tone VIIIG.