Britten B – A Hymn to the Virgin. Composer: Benjamin Britten () Lord, thou hast been our refuge; Hymns , ; Preacher: The Rev’d Lucy Winkett. Britten’s A Hymn to the Virgin, an anthem for mixed voices, is a popular work amongst choirs. A lyrical melody and effective refrain sung by a semi-chorus. In writing this blog entry I picked three random books on Britten to see what was written on the Hymn to the Virgin, and was shocked to discover.

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A Hymn to the Virgin.

This is an outstanding virin, beautifully and 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.

A lyrical melody and effective refrain sung by a semi-chorus combine to considerable dramatic and emotional effect. Brittten for Advent, Christmas, Epiphany and Candlemas. The Flowers Have Their Angels: In this way we hope to eliminate bejjamin of the paper we now consume.

Subscribe to our email newsletters. Drawn from three key periods: I am quite a fan of the music of Benjamin Britten, whether the early works such as the rumbustious Sinfonietta or the playful Frank Bridge Variationsthe middle masterpieces like Peter Grimes or the War Requiemor the austere final works such as Death in Venice or Phaedra. The final tranquillo page leads the carol to its conclusion in a mesmerizingly beautiful final phrase sung by the semi-chorus.


Benjamin Britten – A Hymn to the Virgin

E-Mail will not be published required. The teacher firmly established in his greatest pupil two “cardinal principles. Next week, for the Baptism, we will prepare Wesley’s Lead me, Lord. The Herald Angels Sing: Here you hjmn find the latest information about future events, music for practice, images and videos from prior events. I would have thought this small but beautifully formed masterpiece would be worth a few more sentences?

I Sing of a Maiden: Unto Us a Child is Born: Much of Britten ‘s early musical and political ideals were shaped by the teaching and guidance virgun Bridge. Epiphany The wise ones, who sensed the moment of Jesus’ birth, represent the best of us all in the world.

A Hymn to the Virgin, for double chorus

Update Required To play the media you will need bdnjamin either update your browser to a recent version or update your Flash plugin. A Hymn to the Virgin First line:. This is one of the most well-known and best-loved of his choral pieces. The Cambridge SingersJohn Rutter conductor. A Ceremony of Carols.

Log in Log in to Choir site. Twitter Thank you to everyone who visited The Red House this year. John Jiang Sunday —January 20, The choral work was always loved by Britten. Throughout his life, the composer mourned his loss of innocence and longed for a return to his ot. Benjamin Britten Collector’s Edition. PolyphonyStephen Layton conductor.

Last Bwnjamin Mass went well. Some choirs choose to put the semi-chorus at the other end of the church, or in a gallery for dramatic effect. Through Christ, our Lord. Grant, O Lord, to us, Thy servants who minister in Thy temple, grace: At this school, which Britten began attending intthe young boy was taught primarily by Frank Bridge.


Hymns to the Virgin Mary. Download the latest version here. The piece is free from the hy,n that are prevalent in much of his later work and there is a sense of innocence and maybe even naivety which is somewhat endearing and which is not present in other pieces.

Benjamin Britten, William Cornysh. A Feast of Christmas Carols. Westminster Cathedral ChoirDavid Hill conductor.

From Darkness to Light: This site also contains music to assist with learning parts. The text that Britten uses is by an anonymous poet and probably dates from about We should not allow our present condition dictate how we will be in the future, if we listen to nature’s voice. Sweet Was the Song: The Classical Album Note that for the quicker final verse Britten suggests a crotchet tempo.

In Celebration of Christmas.

Britten did not have access to standard music paper, so staves were drawn on plain paper for the original manuscript.

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