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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For the mystery novel of the same name, daarke In the Bleak Midwinter novel. Darke served as conductor of the choir during World War II. In the bleak midwinter”. What can I give Him, Poor as I am? The Choir of Jesus College, Cambridge perform beautifully and the album contains a lot of wonderful Darke also repeats the last line of each verse. Wikisource has original text related to this article: The third verse dwells on Christ’s birth and describes the simple surroundings, in a humble stable and watched by beasts of burden.

The concert makes a great appeal by the quality of the singing varke the beautiful digital recordi This Is Our Song: In the Bleak Midwinter. Retrieved 26 November 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. 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.


This page was last edited on 24 Decemberat 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. Please use the dropdown buttons to set your preferred options, or use the checkbox to accept the defaults.

In verse one, Rossetti describes the physical circumstances of the Incarnation in Bethlehem.

In the Bleak Midwinter

Other recordings available for download. Each verse is treated slightly differently, with midwintdr for soprano and tenor or a group of sopranos and tenors and a delicate organ accompaniment.

Gustav Holst’s tune, Cranham. In verse two, Rossetti contrasts Christ ‘s first and second coming.

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

The site is also available in several languages. Gramophone ‘This album provides a lovely programme of music. Hymnologist and theologian Ian Bradley has questioned the poem’s theology: Retrieved from ” https: In the bleak mid-winter composer.

In the Bleak Midwinter by Harold Darke arr. Webarchive template wayback links Articles with hAudio microformats. But in keeping with his promise we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth, where righteousness dwells” NIV. Views Read Edit View history. For the film of thr same name, see In the Bleak Midwinter film.

Gustav Holst’s tune, Cranham Four verses arranged for congregational singing. 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 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. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. 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.


October Total duration: The fhe verse shifts the description to a more introspective thought process. Don’t show me this message again. Christmas carols Poetry by Christina Rossetti. 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 Darke setting, written in while he was a student at the Royal College of Musicdqrke more advanced.

In the bleak midwinter (Harold Darke) – ChoralWiki

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. Problems playing this file? Similar language is midwintet in II Peter 3. 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.