Britten B – A Hymn to the Virgin. Composer: Benjamin Britten () Lord, thou hast been our refuge; Hymns , ; Preacher: The Rev’d Lucy Winkett. Britten’s A Hymn to the Virgin, an anthem for mixed voices, is a popular work amongst choirs. A lyrical melody and effective refrain sung by a semi-chorus. In writing this blog entry I picked three random books on Britten to see what was written on the Hymn to the Virgin, and was shocked to discover.
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We must take care to read the signs that nature presents to us with her persistence.
A Hymn to the Virgin, for double chorus
The choral work was always loved by Britten. Cecilia; Choral Dances from ‘Gloriana’. The Flowers Have Their Angels: A lyrical melody and effective refrain sung by a semi-chorus combine to considerable dramatic and emotional effect. Silent Night at Saint Thomas.
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On Being a Composer — Part I: On Being a Craftsman or Artist? The simple, homophonic, diatonic harmony is clear and bright moving effortlessly around A and D minor and the form of the piece is equally clear with virgim slower more serene A section britten to a more animated B section half way through 2.
Last Week Mass went well. The wise ones, who sensed the moment of Jesus’ birth, represent the best of us all in the world. The work is scored for eight-part chorus, divided into two separate choruses.
You will have music books and sheet assigned to that number which you will use in rehearsal and at Mass. Christmas at Glasgow Cathedral. It has all the ingredients which make for a really satisfying choral experience. The ratcheting up of the intensity in the final verse by increasing the tempo, by the ATB of the main chorus singing continuous rising phrases and by the sopranos singing a short phrase which is answered by the semi-chorus brings the piece to its climax.
The Mystery of Christmas. Much of Britten ‘s early musical and political ideals were shaped by the teaching and guidance of Bridge.
We should fo allow our present condition dictate how we will be in the future, if we listen to nature’s voice. PolyphonyStephen Layton conductor.
Comments 1 Leave a comment. It is remarkable that so accomplished a piece was written when the composer was only 16, and suffering illness. This is an outstanding collection, beautifully and Twitter Thank you to everyone who visited The Red House this year. What Child is this? The Classical Album I would have thought this small but beautifully formed masterpiece would be worth a few more sentences?
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brigten Some choirs choose to put the semi-chorus at the other end of the church, or in a gallery for dramatic effect. Bridge was a viola player and a composer virgi high regard in England. A Feast of Christmas Carols. Woman, Behold Thy Son! Epiphany The wise ones, who sensed the moment of Jesus’ birth, represent the best of us all in the world. John Jiang Sunday —January 20, Download the latest version here.
The text that Britten uses is by an anonymous poet and probably dates from about He revised the piece at the end of that year, and did further revision four years later for its publication. Der Mensch lebt und bestehet.
Frankly, I find the original speed too slow to make this piece flow. Always make sure that the semi-chorus can see the conductor! For the Epiphany we will sing only hymns. I will virgiin giving everybody a form to fill in your particulars. Through Christ, our Lord.
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