Evening service in G (Edward Bairstow)

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  • (Posted 2022-06-16)  CPDL #69719:     
Editor: Jonathan Lilley (submitted 2022-06-16).   Score information: A4, 14 pages, 179 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: Bairstow’s gentle 1940 setting of the Evensong canticles is published as ‘Evening Service in G’ yet at no point has a key signature of one sharp. The music is in fact modal and, in this editor’s opinion, is as beautiful as it is unusual. The intention in creating this edition was simply to overcome some difficulties arising from the layout of the original wartime edition with the voice parts mostly in short score. However, the need for some editorial decision-making became apparent during type-setting. The single source is the original 1940 edition by Oxford University Press. Clear errors are corrected without comment, and cautionary accidentals freely added. Real editorial issues that invite the performer to take their own decision are noted inside the front cover, such as the inferred tenor E flat at ‘and to be the glory’.

General Information

Title: Evening service in G
Composer: Edward Bairstow

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SacredEvening Canticles

Language: English
Instruments: Organ

First published: 1940

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Original text and translations

Original text and translations may be found at Magnificat and Nunc dimittis.