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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Bethlehem Down (Warlock, Peter)
I love this because the singing is so fresh, honest and direct. Since then, Bethlehem Down has been sung with pious devotion, sometimes missing the irony in the text and the circumstances of its genesis. E-Mail will not be published required. But then Bethlehdm remembered Bethlehem Down ….
Bethlehem Down – Wikipedia
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. Work Title Bethlehem Down Alt ernative.
The piece is a model of quiet, sustained homophony all the voices singing ddown — there are no dynamics in the work, with the natural ebb and flow of the music providing the necessary contrast. 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.
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. ChristmasWarlock Peter. 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.
On Being a Composer — Part I: There is a story that goes with the composition of Bethlehem Down: 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.
Contents 1 Performances 1. Bethlehem Down Warlock, Peter Since this work was first published after with the prescribed copyright notice, it is unlikely that this work is public domain in the USA.
So Bethlenem and Blunt duly obliged. 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.
Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4. Carols ; Religious works ; For 4 voices ; Eown 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.
Newer Post Older Post Home. Wednesday, 11 December Carol or non-carol? Peter Warlock and Bruce Blunt were drinking companions, and broke. On Being a Craftsman or Artist? Subscribe to comments feed.
His reputation rests on his musical criticism, his pioneering work in reintroducing Tudor music to Britain in the s and on a small canon of works including The Capriol Suite and some beautifully wrought little masterpieces such as Bethlehem Down.
Woman, Behold Thy Son! Here He has peace and a short while for dreaming, Close huddled oxen to keep Him from cold, Mary for warlofk, and for lullaby music Songs of a shepherd by Bethlehem fold.
Retrieved from ” http: Though the piece might have been conceived with something more base in mind, Warlock and Blunt managed to create something sublime and timeless — a moment of real repose and reflection amongst the usual glorification and exultation of Christmas music.
Comments 0 Leave a comment. It’s way above all else, because the singing is so fresh and energetic, far truer to the spirit of the composer and poet and, indeed, to the meaning of Christianity, burdened as it is by conventional piety.
And it is a masterpiece, in my opinion. Which he did in