Bethlehem Down is hugely indebted to Warlock’s interest in Tudor music, with the expressive dissonances one might find in Gibbons or Tallis. A beautiful, slow, dignified and evocative carol for mixed choir. The words are from a poem by Bruce Blunt and have been set to music by Peter Warlock. A Christmas carol written by a practising druid to a text by an alcohol-inspired poet Peter Warlock’s Bethlehem Down () is part of the.
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Since then, Bethlehem Down has been sung with pious devotion, sometimes missing the irony in the text and the circumstances of its genesis. ChristmasWarlock Peter.
There is a story that goes with the composition of Bethlehem Down: The piece is a model of quiet, sustained homophony all the voices singing together — there are no dynamics in the work, with the natural ebb and flow of the music providing the necessary contrast. Contents 1 Performances 1.
On Being a Composer — Part I: Peter Warlock and Bruce Blunt were drinking companions, and broke. E-Mail will not be published required.
Peter Warlock – Bethlehem Down SATB
I love this because the singing is so fresh, honest and direct. Though the piece might have been conceived with something more base in mind, Warlock and Blunt managed to create something sublime and bbethlehem — a moment of real repose and reflection amongst the usual glorification and exultation of Christmas music.
But then I remembered Bethlehem Down …. Which he did in Comments 0 Leave a comment. Since this work was first published after with the prescribed copyright notice, it is unlikely that this work is public domain in the USA. I omitted the ornamentations and lyrics to give the strings more freedom with their performance. When He is King, they will clothe Him in gravesheets, Myrrh for embalming, and wood for a crown, He that lies now in the white arms of Mary Sleeping so lightly on Bethlehem Down.
The Daily Telegraph was offering good money for a new Xmas carol. It’s way above all else, because the singing is so fresh and energetic, far truer to the spirit of the bdthlehem and poet and, indeed, to the meaning of Christianity, burdened as it is by conventional piety. Here He has peace wqrlock a short while for dreaming, Close huddled oxen to keep Him from cold, Mary waroock love, and for lullaby music Songs of a shepherd by Bethlehem fold.
Composition Year Genre Categories Carols ; Religious works ; For 4 voices ; For unaccompanied voices ; Scores featuring the voice ; Scores featuring the soprano voice ; Scores featuring the alto voice ; Scores featuring the tenor voice ; Scores featuring the bass voice ; English language ; For 2 violins, viola, cello arr ; For 4 players ; Scores featuring the violin ; Scores featuring the viola ; Scores featuring the cello. Whenever I hear Bethlehem Down in a carol service it always transports me to somewhere else, not in a religious way, but in some sort of otherworldly way where time stops and there is a moment of real contemplation.
Wednesday, 11 December Carol or non-carol? Peter Warlock — is one of the most notorious British composers of the early Twentieth Century, more known for his louche lifestyle and forthright opinions then for his music. Newer Post Older Post Home. Bethlehem Down Warlock, Peter Since this work was cown published after with the prescribed copyright notice, it is unlikely that this work is public domain in the USA.
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Carols ; Religious works ; For 4 voices ; For unaccompanied voices bethleehem Scores featuring the voice ; Scores featuring the soprano voice ; Scores featuring the alto voice ; Scores featuring the tenor voice ; Scores featuring the bass voice ; English language ; For 2 violins, viola, cello arr ; For 4 players ; Scores featuring the violin ; Scores featuring the viola ; Scores featuring the cello. And it is a masterpiece, in my opinion.
Bethlehem Down is full of the starlight, Winds for the spices, and stars for the gold, Mary for sleep, and for lullaby music Songs of a shepherd by Bethlehem fold. Retrieved from ” http: On Being a Craftsman or Artist?
His reputation rests on his musical criticism, his pioneering work in reintroducing Tudor music to Britain in dwn s and on a small canon of works including The Capriol Suite and some beautifully wrought little masterpieces such as Bethlehem Down. Work Title Bethlehem Down Alt ernative. So Warlock and Blunt duly obliged. IMSLP does not assume any sort of legal responsibility or liability for the consequences of downloading files that are not in the public domain in your country.