Hilton : Magnificat & Nunc dimittis in G minor : Printable cover page
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Composer: John Hilton (? - 1608)
Forces: S.A.T.B. + reduction
Lyrics: Book of Common Prayer, 1662
It is uncertain whether this service should be attributed to John Hilton the elder (onetime assistant organist at Lincoln Cathedral) or to his son of the same name (c.1599 - 1657), organist at St Margaret's, Westminster. Extant sacred works undoubtedly composed by the latter display a more modern style than is evident here, and in accordance with the balance of probabilities, I have attributed the work to the elder man.
Posterity has not been kind to the Hilton family; despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary, his best-known anthem will be referred to as Farrant's "Lord for thy tender mercy's sake" for as long as pelargoniums are called geraniums.
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