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Op.90 No.2
Evening Service in E minor

Written in 1933 by the composer Cyril Bradley Rootham (CBR), this is a setting of the Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis for SATB voices and organ.

History of this work

Op.90 No.2 "Evening Service in E minor" was written in 1933 for the Choir of St. John's College, Cambridge, where the composer had been director of music for 32 years.

As an aside: Op.90 No.1 "Morning Service in E minor" was written in the same year, and consists of a setting of the Benedictus and Te Deum. Both the Morning Service and the Evening Service were originally published in 1934 by The Faith Press.

Publication status

Originally published by The Faith Press, the sheet music for this Evening Service is available from Cathedral Music as a facsimile of the original edition under ref CM 501: Magnificat & Nunc Dimittis in E minor.

Opus 90: Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis

Edition CM 501 from Cathedral Music:
"Evening Service in E minor" (1933)


Recording to download

Don't miss the chance to hear the 1965 Denys Pouncey recording with the choir of Wells Cathedral in a full hi-fi version.

The recording is on a mammoth 5-CD box set "The Treasury of English Church Music", originally published on LP by EMI. With the extra bonus tracks added for the transfer to CD, this wonderful music runs to nearly six hours.

You can buy the 5-CD box set, download the entire album, or download just the tracks for CBR's Op.90 "Evening Service in E minor" from Presto Classical in FLAC (lossless) or MP3 format:
Cyril Rootham Op.90 "Evening Service in E minor"

Treasury of English Church Music

The Treasury of English Church Music:
Presto Classical Catalogue No 1100-1965