Magnificat in G flat Major
Nunc Dimittis in G flat Major
by Ron Naylor : New Zealand Composer
These settings of the Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis in G flat major are for TTB, meaning tenor, baritone, and bass. Ostensibly in three parts the singers divide on occasion to provide four and even five part texture. A piano part is provided for rehearsal purposes, and the works are orchestrated for a standard symphony orchestra. Designated as 'A cappella' there are organ interludes between the verses which contain modulations and variations in musical texture for added interest.
The equally distinctive SSAA settings of the Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis in A flat major are for the ladies. These several settings are now published in F, Bb, Ab, and Gb major.
Born 1940, in New Zealand Army 1960 -1964 serving in Malaya for two years. Founded the Ron Naylor Art School in 1964. Trained as an organist and compose for that instrument, choral works, piano works, organ works, and symphonies for orchestra. Started breeding rhododendrons in 1985, but none registered as yet. Forced out of Christchurch, New Zealand in 2011 by earthquake damage, and now live nearby in Prebbleton. Not quite poor as a church mouse, but I'm working on it !
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