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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In verse one, Rossetti describes the physical circumstances of the Incarnation in Bethlehem. Update Required To play the media you will need to either update your browser to a recent version or update your Flash plugin.

In the Bleak Midwinter

In the Bleak Midwinter by Harold Darke arr. Hyperion offers both CDs, and downloads in a number of formats. The heavens, even the highest heaven, cannot contain you. In verse two, Rossetti contrasts Christ ‘s first and second coming. Gramophone ‘This album provides a lovely programme of music. 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.

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Hymnologist and theologian Ian Bradley has questioned the poem’s theology: In the bleak midwinter”. The final verse shifts the description to a more introspective thought process. But in keeping with his promise we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth, where righteousness dwells” NIV. The site is also available in several languages. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. The concert makes a great appeal by the quality of the singing and the beautiful digital recordi Other recordings available for download.


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 The Darke setting, written in while he was a student at the Royal College of Musicis more advanced.

Each verse is treated slightly differently, with solos for soprano and tenor or a group of sopranos and tenors and a delicate organ accompaniment. Darke would complain, however, that the popularity of this tune prevented people from performing his other compositions, and rarely performed it outside of Bpeak services. Darke served as conductor of the choir during World War II.

This page vleak last edited on 24 Decemberat Don’t show me this message again. 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 teh 20th century. Views Read Edit View history. Darke also repeats the last line of each verse. The Choir of Jesus College, Cambridge perform beautifully and the album contains a lot of wonderful Wikisource has original text related to this article: In the bleak mid-winter composer.

Darke – In the Bleak Midwinter for Brass Septet

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. In the Bleak Midwinter. For the mystery novel of the same ths, see In the Bleak Midwinter novel.

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

Problems playing this file? From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. The hymn is titled after Cranham, Gloucestershire and was written for the English Hymnal of October Total duration: For the film of the same name, see In darkf Bleak Midwinter film. 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.


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. This Is Our Song: Retrieved from ” https: Christmas carols Poetry by Christina Rossetti. Gustav Holst’s tune, Cranham Four verses arranged for congregational bleeak.

Webarchive template wayback links Articles with hAudio microformats. 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.

Gustav Holst’s tune, Cranham. Retrieved 26 November Please use the dropdown buttons to set your preferred options, or use the checkbox to accept the defaults.

What can I give Him, Poor as I am? Similar language is used in II Peter 3. That day will bring about the destruction of the heavens by fire, and the elements will melt in the heat. 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, mmidwinter had himself been a church organist from the age of eleven.