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Nunc Dimittis

John L. Bell

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Vocal Forces: SATB, Solo

Accompaniment: None

Text Source: Luke 2:29–32

Series: Choral

Difficulty Level: E


A short song composed by John Bell in a Taizé-like form. The Latin Nunc dimittis refrain becomes the hummed accompaniment to English verses 1 & 2, with verse 3 being a doxology sung as a descant over the final sung refrain. The final six-fold “amen” is worthy of Peter Lutkin or any of his imitators.

Categories: Choral/Vocal, Iona

Liturgical: Holy Family B, Presentation of the Lord

Rites: Night Prayer / Compline, Nunc Dimittis

Bible Reference: Luke 2:29–32

Number of Pages: 4

Format: Octavo