Harold Darke’s In the Bleak Midwinter, originally made famous by the Choir of King’s College, Cambridge, for SATB Choir with Organ accompaniment.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 . 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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Wikisource has original text related to this article: 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.

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 Bkeak Carol in his work A Boy was Born.

Retrieved from ” https: Darke also repeats the last line of each verse. The final verse shifts the description to a more introspective thought process.

Other recordings available for download. Webarchive template wayback links Articles with hAudio microformats. Please use the dropdown buttons to set your preferred options, or use the checkbox to accept the defaults. Darke served as conductor of the choir during World War II.


Darke – In the Bleak Midwinter for Brass Septet

In verse one, Rossetti describes the physical circumstances of the Incarnation in Bethlehem. This Is Our Song: The text of this Christmas poem has been b,eak to music many times, the most famous settings being composed by Gustav Holst and Harold Edwin Darke in the early 20th century.

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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. 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. The hymn is titled after Cranham, Gloucestershire and was written for the English Hymnal of That day will bring about the destruction of the heavens by fire, and the elements will melt in the heat.

The concert bpeak a great appeal by the quality of the singing and the beautiful digital recordi In verse two, Rossetti contrasts Christ ‘s first and second coming.


The Choir of Jesus College, Cambridge perform beautifully and the album contains a lot of wonderful For the mystery novel of the same name, see In the Bleak Midwinter novel. Gustav Holst’s tune, Cranham. Each verse is treated slightly differently, with solos for soprano and tenor or a midinter of sopranos and tenors and a delicate organ accompaniment.

In the Bleak Midwinter by Harold Darke arr.

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Don’t show me this message again. Gramophone ‘This album provides a lovely programme of music. Hymnologist and theologian Ian Bradley vleak questioned the poem’s theology: Retrieved 26 November Hyperion offers both CDs, and downloads in a number of formats. What can I give Him, Poor as I am?

The Darke setting, written in while he was a student at the Royal College of Musicis more advanced. But in keeping with his promise we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth, where righteousness dwells” NIV.

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