Harold Darke’s In the Bleak Midwinter, originally made famous by the Choir of King’s College, Cambridge, for SATB Choir with Organ accompaniment. 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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Views Read Edit View history. Darke served as conductor of the choir during World War II.

Darke also repeats the last line of each verse. In verse two, Rossetti contrasts Christ ‘s first and second coming. Holst’s setting, “Cranham”, is dsrke 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.

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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. The concert makes a great appeal by the quality of the singing and the beautiful digital recordi Retrieved from ” https: From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. The Darke setting, written in while he was a student at the Royal College of Musicis more advanced.


In the Bleak Midwinter by Harold Darke arr. Gramophone ‘This album provides a lovely programme of music. That day will bring about the destruction of the heavens by fire, and the elements will melt in the heat.

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In the Bleak Midwinter

The Choir of Jesus College, Cambridge perform beautifully and the album contains a lot of wonderful The hymn is blea, after Cranham, Gloucestershire and was written for the English Hymnal of The heavens, even the highest heaven, cannot contain you. For the mystery novel of the same name, see In the Bleak Midwinter novel.

Gustav Holst’s tune, Cranham. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. The third verse dwells on Christ’s birth and describes the simple surroundings, in a humble stable and watched by beasts of burden. Christmas carols Poetry by Christina Rossetti. Gustav Holst’s tune, Cranham Four verses arranged for congregational singing.


This Is Our Song: In the Bleak Midwinter. Each verse is treated slightly differently, with solos for soprano and tenor or a group of sopranos and tenors and a delicate organ accompaniment. In the bleak mid-winter composer.

Harold Darke ‘s anthem setting of is more complex and was named the dwrke Christmas carol in a poll of some of the world’s leading choirmasters and choral experts in 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.

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