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A 5 minute gem from 1970


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« on: June 01, 2015, 07:02:24 pm »

https://www.sendspace.com/file/crxzxc

This is an anthem written by a friend of mine. The recording (rather "old" I'm afraid) is by the choir of Kings College Cambridge.

I thought that it might interest Sydney Grew.
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« Reply #1 on: June 02, 2015, 11:30:48 pm »

Well, I listened to it, anyhow Smiley

I never suspected you of a closet interest in... Choral Evensong, Mr Harp?   Wink

Care to spell the beans on whose work this is?
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« Reply #2 on: June 03, 2015, 08:46:15 am »

Very nice and affecting - an anthem is it - it does sound like one of those twentieth-century Englishmen - Rubbra, Finzi, what's his name and what have you - well you implied that - B*z*r*n could it be? - rather a lot of pauses in the style of the sixteenth century - can't suggest more. (Why me in particular?) Probably one or two of our learned members do actually know the work.
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« Reply #3 on: June 08, 2015, 04:12:25 pm »

No, I'm not into choral evensong! But out of all the music I heard written by students at that time, that seemed to have most going for it. He (John Merrick) was enthusiastic about such composers as Scriabin and Szymanowski at the time. This might be evident from the harmony which I would have thought had as much non-British ancestry as British. Pardon me, but certainly not Finzi (ugh!).
As far as I know, its only ever been performed twice - the second time was in Gloucester a couple of years back. He didn't take up a musical career however.
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« Reply #4 on: June 08, 2015, 07:33:30 pm »

Thanks for composer information  Smiley

Thou hast letteth servants depart in peace (according to thy word). Wink
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