Britten B – A Hymn to the Virgin. Composer: Benjamin Britten () Lord, thou hast been our refuge; Hymns , ; Preacher: The Rev’d Lucy Winkett. Britten’s A Hymn to the Virgin, an anthem for mixed voices, is a popular work amongst choirs. A lyrical melody and effective refrain sung by a semi-chorus. In writing this blog entry I picked three random books on Britten to see what was written on the Hymn to the Virgin, and was shocked to discover.

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Some choirs choose to put the semi-chorus at the other end of the church, or in a gallery for dramatic effect. A Hymn to the Virgin.

The piece was slightly revised in and was published a year later.

The first chorus starts the piece with a one-bar phrase in English and the second chorus echoes the phrase, but in Latin. Christmas with the Cincinnati May Festival Chorus.

Home Composers Catalogue Detail. This site also contains music to assist with learning parts. These antiphonal effects make the work Britten ‘s closest to traditional English devotional music.

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The Latin responses of the semi-chorus to the medieval English words of the main chorus give these responses a further element of mystery which adds another layer of spiritual drama.

This will become a record with an assigned number. Hymns to the Virgin Mary.

A Christmas Present from Polyphony. The choral work was always loved by Britten.

In Celebration of Christmas. Throughout his life, the composer mourned his loss of innocence and longed for a return to his childhood.

Britten B – A Hymn to the Virgin | The Choir of St John’s College, Cambridge

Both of the pieces were composed prior to the completion of Britten ‘s first tthe, Sinfonietta for chamber orchestra Music for Advent, Christmas, Epiphany and Candlemas. The Road to Paradise. On Being a Composer — Part I: Streams Videos All Posts. Frankly, I find the original speed too slow to make this piece flow.

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Faire is the Heaven: Cecilia; Choral Dances from ‘Gloriana’. Drawn from three key periods: English Music for Christmas. Jazz Latin New Age. It is, in all aspects, an extraordinary work for a composer who was yet to begin his formal studies at the Royal College of Music, although its revision and refinement clearly owe much to the teaching Britten had received from Frank Bridge.


Through Christ, our Lord. Benjamin Britten Collector’s Edition. Much of Britten ‘s early musical and political ideals were shaped by the teaching and guidance of Bridge. John’s Church on January 5, The final tranquillo page leads the carol to its conclusion in a mesmerizingly beautiful final phrase sung by the semi-chorus.

Music for Advent and Christmas. Audio Visual For Sale. Hymn to the Virgin. The main body of the choir sings in Middle English and another semi-chorus or group of soloists supplies a refrain in Latin. Treasures of English Chamber Music. Twitter Thank you to everyone who visited The Red House this year. Here you will find the latest information about future events, music for practice, images and videos from prior events.

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Grant, O Lord, to us, Thy servants who minister in Thy temple, grace: The Tree of Life.