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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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Darke served as conductor of the choir during World War II. Other recordings available for download. Retrieved 26 November Hymnologist and theologian Ian Bradley has questioned the poem’s theology: 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.

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. 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. For the tne novel of the same name, see In the Bleak Midwinter novel.

Views Read Edit View history. Wikisource has original text related to this article: Darke also blsak the last line of each verse.

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Problems playing this file? Don’t show me this message again. But in keeping with his promise we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth, where righteousness dwells” NIV. The third verse dwells on Christ’s birth and describes the simple surroundings, in a humble stable and watched by beasts of bbleak. The heavens, even the highest heaven, cannot contain you.


In the bleak midwinter (Harold Darke)

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

In verse one, Rossetti describes miewinter physical circumstances of the Incarnation in Bethlehem. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. In the Bleak Midwinter.

Harold Darke ‘s anthem setting of is more dakre and was named the best Christmas carol in a poll of some of the world’s leading choirmasters and choral experts in From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

The site is also available in several languages. For the film of the same bpeak, see In the Bleak Midwinter film. Each verse is treated slightly differently, with solos for soprano and tenor or a group of sopranos and tenors and a delicate organ accompaniment.

Gustav Holst’s tune, Cranham Four verses arranged for congregational singing. In dare 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. The concert makes a great appeal by the quality of the singing and the beautiful digital recordi 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.

This Is Our Song: The final verse shifts the description to a more introspective thought process. Retrieved from ” https: What can I give Him, Poor as I am?


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In the bleak midwinter”. Similar language is used in II Peter 3. 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.

The Darke setting, written in while he was a student at the Royal College of Musicis more advanced.

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The Choir of Jesus College, Cambridge perform beautifully and the album contains a lot of wonderful October Total duration: Webarchive template wayback links Articles with hAudio microformats. The hymn is titled after Cranham, Gloucestershire and was written for the English Hymnal of In verse two, Rhe contrasts Christ ‘s first and second coming. In the bleak mid-winter composer. Gramophone ‘This album provides a lovely programme of music.

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That day will bring about the destruction of the heavens by fire, and the elements will melt in the heat. Christmas carols Poetry by Te Rossetti.

This page was last edited on 24 Decemberat Darke would complain, however, that the popularity of this tune prevented people from performing his other compositions, and rarely ib it outside of Christmas services.