Kelly, Bryan: Kentucky Canticles
Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis for SATB and Organ.
Bryan Kelly’s Kentucky Canticles pay homage to the unforgettable music of the deep south, and in particular to the legendary black singer Paul Robeson.
Dancing spiritual rhythms infuse the Magnificat’s energetic song of joy, and there are lively musical illustrations for the mighty, the proud, the rich, and the humble and meek before the return of the opening phrases heralds an exultant Gloria. In contrast, the Nunc Dimittis draws on the expressivity at the heart of the spiritual style to capture the deep yearning of Simeon’s song of farewell. Both movements have short passages for solo voices that may be taken by members of the choir.
The Kentucky Canticles are dedicated to John Scott and the Choir of St Thomas Fifth Avenue, New York, and are the latest addition to a long and distinguished output with which Kelly has enriched the musical heritage of Anglican worship.