Harold Edwin Darke (29 October – 28 November ) was an English composer and His famous setting of Christina Rossetti’s In the Bleak Midwinter is often sung at the service of Nine Lessons and Carols at King’s College. Harold Darke’s In the Bleak Midwinter, originally made famous by the Choir of King’s College, Cambridge, for SATB Choir with Organ accompaniment. Musical setting for mixed voices (SATB), solo soprano & tenor, and keyboard. Original setting includes soprano and tenor solos, SATB chorus, organ (or.
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Retrieved from ” https: For the mystery novel of the same name, see In the Bleak Midwinter novel. Darke served as conductor of the choir during World War II. Each verse is treated slightly differently, with solos for soprano and tenor or a group of sopranos and tenors and a delicate organ accompaniment. Views Read Edit View history. In the Bleak Midwinter by Harold Darke arr. 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 Views Read Edit View history.
In the bleak midwinter (Harold Darke)
It is widely accepted that the Cornhill Lunchtime Organ Recitals series begun by Darke in is the longest-running lunchtime organ concert series in the world; the series has flourished under his successors Richard Popplewell and the present Organist, Jonathan Rennertfrom to the present.
The heavens, even the highest heaven, cannot contain you.
Harold Darke – Wikipedia
The third verse dwells on Christ’s birth and describes the simple surroundings, in a humble stable and watched by beasts of burden. That day will bring about the destruction te the heavens by fire, and the elements will melt in the heat. Most of his other compositions that are still performed are settings of the Anglican liturgyespecially his three Communion Services in E minor, F, and A minor; and his Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis in F. Gustav Holst’s tune, Cranham. What can I give Him, Poor as I am?
Hymnologist and theologian Ian Bradley has questioned the poem’s theology: This page was last edited on 24 Decemberat Organist of St Michael, Cornhill — His first organist post was at Emmanuel ChurchWest Hampstead from to The hymn is titled after Cranham, Gloucestershire and was written for the English Hymnal of In the bleak mid-winter Frosty wind made moan; Earth stood hard as iron, Water like a stone; Snow had fallen, jn on snow, Snow on snow, In the bleak mid-winter Long ago.
Gustav Holst’s tune, Cranham Four verses arranged for congregational singing.
The Darke setting, written in while he was a student at the Royal College of Musicis more advanced. The final verse shifts the description to a more introspective thought process. Christmas carols Poetry by Christina Rossetti.
Retrieved from ” https: 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.
The text of midwinteer 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. In verse one, Rossetti describes the physical circumstances of the Incarnation in Bethlehem. In the Bleak Midwinter was voted the greatest Christmas carol of all time in a poll of choral experts and choirmasters that was published on 7 December In verse two, Rossetti contrasts Christ ‘s first and midwintr coming.
Darke died in Cambridgeaged For the film of the same name, see In the Bleak Midwinter film. Darke also repeats the last line of each verse. Benjamin Britten includes an elaborate five-part setting of the first verse for high voices combined harood the medieval Corpus Christi Carol in his work A Boy was Born.