Magnificat and Nunc dimittis (Dorian) (Elway Bevin)

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Editor: Christopher Shaw (submitted 2011-06-18).   Score information: A4, 14 pages, 162 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: 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 on the Dorian mode
Composer: Elway Bevin

Number of voices: 5vv   Voicing: SAATB
Genre: SacredEvening Canticles

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1760 in Cathedral Music, Volume 1, p. 107, 112

Description: Bevin was reputedly a pupil of Thomas Tallis and was teacher in his turn of William Child. Organist at Bristol Cathedral fom 1589 until dismissed in 1637, he was also a member of the Chapel Royal from 1605. In Archbishop Laud's "Visitations" (1634) Bevin is described as "a verie old man", past work. Anthony a Wood asserts that Bevin lost both his posts upon accusations of Romanism. This statement cannot now be proven since the Chapter books of Bristol, Wood's authority, were destroyed with the rest of the Cathedral library during the Reform Riots, 1831.

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Original text and translations

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