Harold Darke’s In the Bleak Midwinter, originally made famous by the Choir of King’s College, Cambridge, for SATB Choir with Organ accompaniment.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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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 text of this Christmas bleqk 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. Hyperion offers both CDs, and downloads in a number of formats.

Please use the dropdown buttons to set your preferred options, or use the checkbox to accept the defaults. Other recordings available for download. The concert makes a great appeal by the quality of the singing and the beautiful digital recordi 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. October Total duration: Retrieved 26 November Similar language is used in II Peter 3.


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In the Bleak Midwinter

Problems playing this file? In the Bleak Midwinter by Harold Darke arr. The heavens, even the highest heaven, cannot contain you. The final verse shifts the description to a more introspective thought process. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

For the mystery novel of the same name, see In the Bleak Midwinter novel. Retrieved from ” https: In the bleak mid-winter composer.

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. The third verse dwells on Christ’s birth and describes the simple surroundings, in a humble stable and watched by beasts of burden.

Update Required To play the media you will need to either update your browser to a recent version or update your Flash plugin. In verse two, Rossetti contrasts Christ ‘s first and second coming. Gramophone ‘This album provides a lovely programme of music. 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.

But in keeping with his promise we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth, where righteousness dwells” NIV. This page was last edited on 24 Decemberat What can I give Him, Poor as I am?

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Harold Darke ‘s anthem setting of is more complex and was named the best Christmas carol in a poll of some of mldwinter world’s leading choirmasters and choral experts in Darke also repeats the last line of each verse.

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This Is Our Song: 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. In the bleak midwinter”.

In the Bleak Midwinter. The hymn is titled after Cranham, Gloucestershire and was written for the English Hymnal of Christmas carols Poetry by Christina Rossetti. In verse one, Rossetti describes the physical circumstances of the Incarnation in Bethlehem. The Darke setting, written in while he was a student at the Royal College of Musicis more advanced. For the film of the same name, see In the Bleak Midwinter film.

Gustav Holst’s tune, Cranham. That day will bring about the destruction of the heavens by fire, and the bbleak will melt in the heat. 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.

Each verse is treated slightly differently, with solos for soprano and tenor or a group of sopranos and tenors and a delicate organ accompaniment.