Twelve Days of Christmas Music X

Another text associated with Christ’s birth that is part of many liturgies (particularly the Anglican Evensong service) and thus set by many great composers is the Nunc Dimittis, Simeon’s speech from Luke 2:29-32:

Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace, according to thy word:
For mine eyes have seen thy salvation,
Which thou hast prepared before the face of all people;
A light to lighten the Gentiles, and the glory of thy people Israel.

Here are a bunch of pretty ones:

(if you only have time to listen to one, make it the Rachmaninov)

Buxtehude (Brahms’ choral setting of this melody is gorgeous, but I can’t find a good performance to link. The Corydon Singers’ recording of Brahms Motets is glorious, if you can find it–I think it’s out of print right now.)
Dyson (in D–from the same service as yesterday’s Magnificat)
Stanford (in A) (in b flat)
Rachmaninov (from the Vespers, Op. 37, No. 5)


  1. Still available in various forms:

    The chorale you mention is at the end of track 11.

  2. Thanks, Bill. Next year you should guest post this series.

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