Files “cleaned” Nov/ Benjamin Britten. Hymn to St Cecilia. Here is a “clickable” Table of the available Midi Files for this Work: Either your browser does not. composition details, parts / movement information and albums that contain performances of Hymn to St. Cecilia, for chorus, on AllMusic. Benjamin Britten. Hymn to St Cecilia, Op – for five-part chorus (SSATB) with solos, unaccompanied (ca July – 2 April , Britten aged 28). Dedication.

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Listening to Britten — Sacred and Profane, Op. Over this bass, the upper parts sing flowing compound time phrases which are almost hymn-like. Hymn to St CeciliaOp. Photo by Olivier Haubensak. Auden, written for Britten himself, and you have an extremely concentrated, autobiographical piece.

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Hymns to Saint Cecilia. A Ceremony of Carols; Hymn to St. At times the text setting is radiant, nowhere more so than the refrains with which each of the three sections end, beautifully tailored up to a high E on each occasion, but with subtly varied harmonies.

The early ’40s were a difficult time for Benjamin Brittenwhose pacifist ideals led to an uneasy relationship with a British public fired with passion and fighting spirit in the face of World War II.

Partly to provide comfort for his fellow Britons and partly to salve his own troubled conscience, Britten produced a variety of striking religious choral works that take a place among his best-known and most beloved music.


Surely no choral society or harpist is unfamiliar with the Ceremony of Carolsand Rejoice in the Lamb is similarly a staple of the modern choral repertoire.

Britten ‘s setting is not really a hymn in the traditional sense of the word, but rather a three-movement structure, like a cantata in miniature, that sets the sonorous triads of the first poem against the rapid-fire vocal scherzo of the second and the ground-bass design of the third.

Cecilia; Sacred and Profane.

This is an outstanding performance, which reflects every expressive nuance in both poem and music’ The Daily Telegraph. Thoughts The Hymn to St Cecilia is as easy to love as it is to admire. Perhaps he may have been said to have said goodbye to working with Wystan with his marvelous setting of the Hymn Britteb to St. Britten responds to each of the instrumental references of the text with solo vocal passages, and these enhance the third and final section, but at all times the words can be clearly heard.

The Best of Britten. Subscribe to our email newsletters. Saint Nicolas; Hymn to Saint Ceclia. With thanks to Decca. All highly effective if well sung.

Benjamin Britten – Hymn to St Cecilia (choral version)

Cecilia; Choral Dances from ‘Gloriana’. Cecilia is, of course, the Patron Saint of musicians who is supposed to have sung praises to God as she was being martyred.


The story of her manner of death makes gruesome reading and the act of singing in extremis something of a miracle! The brktten soloists in Allegri’s Miserere have a combined purity and richness of sound, giving the celebrated ornaments a jewel-like brilliance. Cambridge Singers a Cappella.

Dedication Elizabeth Mayer Text W. Please enable JavaScript in your browser to use the site fully.

Other recordings available for download. Rejoice in the Lamb: It is a nice coincidence that Britten was born on St. Also written in Streams Videos All Posts. The text of the Hymn consists of three poems of W. War Requiem; Spring Symphony.

The former brings welcome intimacy to the Britten Hymn to St Cecilia, brittem the latter powerfully propels Holst’s Psalm to its conclusion, albeit in youthful, fresh-sounding style. A new choral compendium from the highly regarded Choir of Royal Holloway, comprising twentieth- and twenty-first-century works written in honour of Saint Cecilia, the patron saint of music.

Some of the many versions of the Hymn to St Cecilia on Spotify can be found on this playlist. Finzi — Let us garlands bring Next up:

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