In the Bleak Midwinter. Choir and Keyboard. Harold Darke. 1 l – + – ‘ m f. Earth stood hard as ir. SIIOW-. 9n. SnOw,. Snow had fall – en snow. . Him,. r r r. There are two popular settings of Christina Rossetti’s In the bleak mid-winter— Gustav Holst’s, which appears in the standard hymnals and carol collections, and . Harold Darke’s nostalgic In the bleak midwinter has been a mainstay of the famous Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols (broadcast worldwide on Christmas Eve.

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Benjamin Britten includes midwinger elaborate five-part setting of the first verse for high voices combined with the medieval Corpus Christi Carol in his work A Boy was Born.

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Darke served as conductor of the choir during World War II. Gustav Holst’s tune, Cranham. That day will bring about the destruction of the heavens by fire, and the elements will melt in the heat. This Is Our Song: The third verse dwells on Christ’s birth and describes the simple surroundings, in a humble stable and watched by beasts of burden.

Problems playing this file? Don’t show me this message again. Each verse is treated slightly differently, with solos for soprano and tenor or a group of sopranos and tenors and a delicate organ accompaniment.


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Rossetti achieves another contrast in the fourth verse, this time between the incorporeal angels attendant at Christ’s birth with Mary ‘s ability to render Jesus physical affection. Please use the dropdown buttons to set your preferred options, or use the checkbox to accept the defaults. Retrieved from ” https: In the Bleak Midwinter by Harold Darke arr.

In the Bleak Midwinter.

In verse one, Rossetti describes the physical circumstances of the Incarnation middwinter Bethlehem. Christmas carols Poetry by Christina Rossetti. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

The heavens, even the highest heaven, cannot contain you. Retrieved 26 November Wikisource has original text related to this article: Hyperion offers both CDs, and downloads in a number of formats.

In the Bleak Midwinter

What can I give Him, Poor as I am? Darke also repeats the last line of each verse. In the bleak mid-winter composer.

This page was last edited on 24 Decemberat Welcome to Hyperion Records, an independent British classical label devoted to presenting high-quality recordings of music of all styles and from all periods from the twelfth century to the twenty-first. The concert makes a great appeal blezk the quality of the singing and the beautiful digital recordi Hymnologist and theologian Ian Bradley has questioned the poem’s theology: The text of this Christmas poem has been set to music many times, the most famous settings being composed by Gustav Holst and Harold Edwin Darke in the early 20th century.


Harold Darke ‘s anthem setting of is more complex and was named the best Christmas carol in dakre poll of some of the world’s leading choirmasters darkw choral experts in Views Read Edit View history.

In the bleak midwinter (Harold Darke)

The Choir of Jesus College, Cambridge perform beautifully and the album contains a lot of wonderful Darke, like several other composers represented on this disc, was a product of the Royal College of Music, studying composition with Stanford and the organ with Sir Walter Parratt, who had himself been a church organist from the age of eleven.

The final verse shifts the description to a more introspective thought process. October Total duration: Holst’s setting, “Cranham”, is a hymn tune setting suitable for congregational singing, since the poem is irregular in metre and any setting of it requires a skilful and adaptable tune.

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