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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The site is also available in several languages. Views Read Edit View history. Each verse is treated slightly differently, with solos for soprano and tenor or a group of sopranos and tenors and a delicate organ accompaniment.

Retrieved 26 November The concert makes a great appeal by the quality of the singing and the beautiful digital recordi From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. 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.

Darke would complain, however, that the popularity of this tune prevented people from performing his other compositions, and rarely performed it outside of Christmas services.

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This Is Our Song: The heavens, even bleeak highest heaven, cannot contain you. Middwinter Choir of Jesus College, Cambridge perform beautifully and the album contains a lot of wonderful 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.


That day will bring about the destruction of the heavens by fire, and the elements will melt in the heat. Similar language is used in II Peter 3. In the Bleak Midwinter. Wikisource has original text related to this article: Hymnologist and theologian Ian Bradley has questioned the poem’s theology: Gustav Holst’s tune, Cranham Four verses arranged for congregational singing. Hyperion offers both CDs, midwnter downloads in a number of formats. What can I give Him, Poor as I am? The hymn is titled after Cranham, Gloucestershire and was written for the English Hymnal of For the mystery novel of the same name, see In the Bleak Midwinter novel.

In the bleak midwinter”. In verse two, Rossetti contrasts Christ ‘s first and second coming. In verse one, Rossetti describes the physical circumstances of the Incarnation in Bethlehem.

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The third verse dwells on Christ’s birth and describes the simple surroundings, in a humble stable and watched by beasts of burden. Tue final verse shifts the description to a more introspective thought process.

The text of this Christmas poem has been set midwinted music many times, the most famous settings being composed by Gustav Holst and Harold Edwin Darke in the early 20th century. In the Bleak Midwinter by Harold Darke arr.

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Gustav Holst’s tune, Cranham. Problems playing this file? Retrieved from ” https: For the film of the same name, see In the Bleak Midwinter film. October Total duration: Benjamin Britten includes an 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.

In the bleak midwinter (Harold Darke)

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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. Darke served as conductor of the choir during World War II. In the bleak mid-winter composer. Webarchive template wayback links Articles with ni microformats.