Forces: 2 soprano solo, SSAA coro, strings & continuo
Source: BL Add MS 14126 (autograph)
The canticle sung as part of compline since the 4th century (Luke 2:29-31). In five parts, three choral with a soprano solo and a double soprano duet (quite tricky) Porpora’s setting was written in 1744 for the girls of the Ospedaletto in Venice.
Editor: James Sanderson