Magnificat and Nunc dimittis (Christopher Tye)

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  • (Posted 2021-04-16)  CPDL #64084:    Magnificat:   Nunc dimittis:  
Editor: Adrian Wall (submitted 2021-04-16).   Score information: A4, 8 pages, 1.11 MB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: Transposed up a tone. Note values halved.
  • (Posted 2012-12-05)  CPDL #27745:  Network.png
Editor: Christopher Shaw (submitted 2012-12-05).   Score information: A4, 17 pages, 166 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: Edition prepared from the Tudway collection. Includes a keyboard reduction of the a cappella choral score. Please click on the link for preview/playback/PDF download.

General Information

Title: Magnificat and Nunc dimittis "to Mr Parsley's Service"
Composer: Christopher Tye

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

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

 Manuscript Peterhouse, Cambridge MSS 34, 36, 37, 42, 43, 44 (Peterhouse Partbooks)
Description: The attribution of this setting in one source as "Mr Parsley's Evening Service" has lead some to ascribe it to Osbert Parsley. The description in another source, "Dr Tye's Magnificat and Nunc dimittis to Mr Parsley's Service", offers a more likely explanation: these evening canticles were written by Christopher Tye, to partner Parsley's morning canticles. It may be noted that the Gloria of the Nunc dimittis is the same as that of Parsley's Benedictus. Tudway dates this service to 1545. That date seems unfeasibly early for an English language canticle. The designation "in G minor" in some sources appears to be an 18th Century anachronism.

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Original text and translations

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