Canticula Ursae Minoris (Songs of the little Bear) Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis – men’s voices – ATB-ATB



This setting of the Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis (called Canticula Ursae Minoris – songs of a little bear) is based on my oratorio in which I set a chapter of Winnie the Pooh. The are tunes and light and playful but the complexity makes it suited to a Cathedral or Church setting.
The oratorio itself (The Poohratorio, composed in 1977) has now been published. The melodies are entirely mine. You may be able to guess some of the characters whose leitmotifs in the oratorio are used in this setting. In particular, the lesser doxology (Glory be to the Father) makes great use the theme of Eeyore, the complaining donkey.

The video is a commissioned recording by Matthew Curtis of