Harold Darke’s In the Bleak Midwinter, originally made famous by the Choir of King’s College, Cambridge, for SATB Choir with Organ accompaniment. 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 . Print and download in PDF or MIDI In the bleak midwinter. Also look here for the Holst version.

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In the Bleak Midwinter by Harold Darke arr.

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. That day midwinte bring about the destruction of the heavens by fire, and ,idwinter elements will melt in the heat. It has the unusual distinction of varying the melody from verse to verse, on which you can find a funny parody here, which combines the Holst and Darke versions.

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. Hyperion offers both CDs, adrke downloads in a number of formats.

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. Don’t show me this message again. Gustav Holst’s tune, Cranham Four verses arranged for congregational singing. The third verse dwells on Christ’s birth and describes the simple surroundings, in a humble stable and watched by beasts of midqinter.

Try again More of this, please? Each verse is midwinetr slightly differently, with solos for soprano and tenor or a group of sopranos and tenors and a delicate organ accompaniment. Webarchive template wayback links Articles with hAudio microformats. The holst version was intended as a congregational hymn. The final verse shifts the description to a more introspective thought process.


I, however, turned it into an choral ‘only’ setting herebecause I mainly do vocal scores; it’s not original. Gramophone ‘This album provides a lovely programme of music. Harold Darke ‘s anthem setting of is more complex and was named the best Christmas carol in a poll of some of the world’s leading choirmasters and choral experts in Rossetti achieves another contrast in the fourth verse, this time between the incorporeal angels mdwinter at Christ’s birth with Mary ‘s ability to render Jesus physical affection.

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In the bleak midwinter (mid-winter, mid winter), Darke, Christmas

The text of this Christmas poem has been set to music many times, miwdinter most famous settings being composed by Gustav Holst and Harold Edwin Darke in the early 20th century. Retrieved from ” https: Go Pro Upload Log In.

This page was last edited on 24 Decemberat By contrast, Harold Darke’s setting was intended as a choral anthem, dxrke which the first and third verses were given to soloists. That’s great to know. 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. In the Bleak Midwinter.

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In the Bleak Midwinter

What is the history of this non-Holst setting, which now sounds vaguely familiar? The concert makes a great appeal by the quality of the singing and the beautiful digital recordi Update Required To play the media you will need to either update your browser to a recent version or update your Flash plugin. The site is also available in several languages. 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.

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For the mystery novel of the same name, see In the Bleak Midwinter novel. Uploaded on Sep 22, The hymn is titled after Cranham, Gloucestershire and was written for the English Hymnal of Darke served as conductor of the choir during World War II. In verse two, Rossetti contrasts Christ ‘s first and second coming.

Also look here for the Holst version: For the film of the same name, see In the Bleak Midwinter film. Darke also repeats the last line of each verse. To print parts, please upgrade to a Pro account first. In the bleak mid-winter Frosty wind made moan; Earth stood hard as iron, Water like a stone; Snow had fallen, snow on snow, Snow on snow, In the bleak mid-winter Long ago.