Faithful Vigil Ended
Nunc Dimittis, para. Timothy Dudley-Smith
Voicing SATB and organ
Topics Evening, Funeral
Length 2' 05" Price $1.75 (U.S.) Released
Catalog no. 410-723 Difficulty Moderately
"I was deeply moved by Leo Nestor's exquisite Faithful
Vigil Ended, his setting of Bishop Dudley-Smith's paraphrase
of Nunc Dimittis. When the final doxology stanza came
round, with its descant in Latin, people in the next offices
came running to find out what the "gorgeous piece"
was. After all of the high emotion, Nestor has the great sense
to let it end quietly. This would be a stunning addition to any
celebration of the Feast of the Purification (February 2), and
it would be almost unbearably right at the funeral of someone
we love."AAM Journal, November 1995
"Lovely, gently setting of Timothy Dudley-Smith's
paraphrase of the Nunc dimittis, set to a tune by the
composer. Not difficult." Cross Accent, January 1996
"This very beautiful piece, based on
Nestor's hymn tune WILLIAM, is appropriate for all celebrations
where the Song of Simeon is called for. This includes vigils
and the burial service from the Order of Christian Funerals as
well as the Eucharist on the Feast of the Presentation and the
celebration of night prayer in the liturgy of the hours. There
is an honest simplicity contained herein, and it is reflected
in the part-writing. Personally, I would present this without
the soprano descant in the final twenty or so bars. It is much
more beautiful as a gentler meditation." Pastoral
Music, April-May 1996
Nunc Dimittis is a subdued and beautiful setting. Nestor's
harmonies are rich and lush, and the melody tuneful and just
Faithful vigil ended,
watching waiting cease;
Master, grant thy servant(s)
his (her, their) discharge in peace.
All the Spirit promised,
all the Father willed,
now these eyes behold it,
This thy great deliv'rance
sets thy people free;
Christ their light uplifted
all the nations see.
Christ thy people's glory!
Watching, doubting cease.
Grant to us thy servants
our discharge in peace.
Glorify the Father,
glorify the Son,
glorify the Spirit,
three forever one.
Glory the beginning;
glory sing, and praise.
Master grant thy servants
light for all our days.
para. Timothy Dudley-Smith.
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