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Thesis Title: Stanford's 'Magnificat' and 'Nunc Dimittis' in E flat: A performing edition
Degree Type: MA
Degree Specialism: Performance
Supervisor(s): Dr Marion Doherty Haydn
Thesis Status: Accepted
Date Submitted / Accepted: June 2007
Institution Submitting / Submitted To: St. Patricks College, DCU
No. of Volumes (no. of pages): 1
Thesis Location / Link: Cregan Library, St. Patrick’s College, Drumcondra, Dublin 9
Persons / Composers: Stanford
Time Frame: Nineteeth century
Key Issues / Concepts: Musical editing, English church music, analysis, conducting
Abstract: Sir Charles Villiers Stanford (1852-1924) was a prolific composer across all musical genres. His liturgical music is still sung at Anglican services today. Amongst these liturgical works still performed are settings of the ‘Magnificat’ and ‘Nunc Dimittis’ canticles. This thesis sets out to provide a performing edition of hitherto unpublished canticles by Stanford: his ‘Magnificat’ and ‘Nunc Dimittis’ in E flat.

Chapter 1 provides a critical review of the literature written between 1935 and 2002 about Stanford’s life and his music. In Chapter 2 Stanford’s early influences are explored, from his formative years in Dublin up to the year of his appointment as organist in Trinity College Cambridge in 1873, the year in which he composed his ‘Magnificat’ and ‘Nunc Dimittis’ in E flat. Chapter 3 explores the context in which the ‘Magnificat’ and the ‘Nunc Dimittis’ canticles were sung in Christian churches, with particular reference to the Anglican tradition. Chapter 4 discusses the provenance and provides a detail formal and harmonic analysis of these two canticles. In Chapter 5 the Editorial Commentary describes the techniques and changes that were necessary to provide a modern performing edition of Stanford’s original, handwritten manuscript. Performing editions of the ‘Magnificat’ and ‘Nunc Dimittis’ in E flat together with a critical commentary are provided in the Appendice.

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Current Institution Affiliation: St. Patrick's College, DCU

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