Harold Darke’s In the Bleak Midwinter, originally made famous by the Choir of King’s College, Cambridge, for SATB Choir with Organ accompaniment.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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The Darke setting, written in while he was a student at the Royal College of Musicis more advanced. The third verse dwells on Christ’s birth and describes the simple surroundings, in a humble midwniter and watched by beasts of burden.

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 bleka himself been a church organist from the age of eleven. The hymn is titled after Cranham, Gloucestershire and was written for the English Hymnal of The concert makes a great appeal by the quality of the singing and the beautiful digital recordi Gustav Holst’s tune, Cranham Four verses arranged for congregational singing.

Wikisource has original text related to this article: In verse one, Rossetti describes the physical circumstances of the Incarnation in Bethlehem. Link to this page Embed on your site.

Uploaded on Sep 22, Benjamin Britten includes an elaborate modwinter setting of the first verse for high voices combined with the medieval Corpus Christi Carol in his work A Boy was Born.


By contrast, Harold Darke’s setting was intended as a choral anthem, in which the first and third verses were given to soloists. Go Pro Upload Log In. In the Bleak Midwinter.

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Hyperion offers both CDs, and downloads in a number of formats. That’s great to know. It has the unusual distinction of varying the melody from verse to verse, on which you dwrke find a funny parody here, which combines the Holst and Darke versions.

It contains an organ part also. Don’t show me this message again.

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What can I give Him, Poor as I am? Hymnologist and theologian Ian Bradley has questioned the poem’s theology: This page was last edited on 24 Decemberat Christmas carols Poetry by Christina Rossetti.

Other recordings available for download. The score can be downloaded in bbleak format of your preference: In verse two, Rossetti contrasts Christ ‘s first and second coming. The heavens, even the highest heaven, cannot contain you.

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Please use the dropdown buttons to set your preferred options, or use the checkbox to accept the defaults. Each verse is treated slightly differently, with solos for soprano and tenor or a group of sopranos and tenors and a delicate blleak accompaniment.

Your download has started. Problems playing this file? In the bleak midwinter”. Darke also repeats the last line of each verse.

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. Similar language dakre used in II Peter 3.


Webarchive template wayback links Articles with hAudio microformats. What is the history of this non-Holst setting, which now sounds vaguely familiar? In the bleak mid-winter composer.

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 belak twenty-first. Darke served as conductor of the choir during World War II. 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. 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 Daeke physical affection.

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Also look here for the Holst version: I, however, midwimter it into an choral ‘only’ setting herebecause I mainly do vocal scores; it’s not original.

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