Harold Darke’s In the Bleak Midwinter, originally made famous by the Choir of King’s College, Cambridge, for SATB Choir with Organ accompaniment.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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Please use the dropdown buttons to set your preferred options, or use the checkbox to accept the defaults. Hymnologist and theologian Ian Bradley has questioned the poem’s theology: Wikisource has original text related to this article: The concert makes a great appeal by the quality of the singing and the beautiful digital recordi 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.

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For the mystery novel of the same name, see In the Bleak Midwinter novel. Darke also repeats the last line of each verse.

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 midwinter”.

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The heavens, even the highest heaven, cannot contain you. The Darke setting, written in while he was a student at the Royal College of Musicis more advanced. In the Bleak Midwinter. In verse two, Rossetti contrasts Christ ‘s first and second coming. Retrieved from ” https: Webarchive template wayback links Articles with hAudio microformats. The hymn is titled after Cranham, Gloucestershire and was written for the English Hymnal of The Choir of Jesus College, Cambridge perform beautifully and the album dare a lot of wonderful The site is also available in several languages.


In the bleak mid-winter Frosty wind made moan; Earth stood hard as iron, Water like a stone; Snow had fallen, snow on snow, Snow on snow, In the bleak midwinte Long ago.

By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Gustav Holst’s tune, Cranham Four verses arranged for congregational singing. But in keeping with his promise we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth, where righteousness dwells” NIV. Problems playing this file?

In the bleak mid-winter composer. Rossetti achieves another contrast in the fourth verse, this time between the incorporeal angels attendant at Christ’s birth with Mary ‘s ability to render Jesus physical affection.

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Hyperion offers both CDs, and downloads in a number of formats. The text of this Christmas poem has been set to music many times, the most famous settings being composed by Gustav Holst and Harold Edwin Darke in the early 20th century. For the film midainter the same name, see In the Bleak Midwinter film.

Christmas carols ,idwinter by Christina Rossetti. Views Read Edit View history. What can I give Him, Poor as I am?

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The third verse dwells on Christ’s birth and describes the simple surroundings, in a humble stable and watched by beasts of burden.

Holst’s setting, “Cranham”, is a 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. Darke, like several other composers represented on this disc, was a product of the Royal College of Music, studying composition with Stanford and the organ with Sir Walter Parratt, who had himself been a church organist from the age of eleven.


Darke served as conductor of the choir during World War II. Update Required To play the media you will need to either update your browser to a recent version or update your Flash plugin.

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. In verse one, Rossetti describes the physical circumstances of the Incarnation in Bethlehem. October Total duration: That day will bring about the destruction of the heavens by fire, and the elements will melt in the heat.

Harold Darke ‘s anthem setting of is more complex and was named the best Christmas carol in a poll of some of the world’s leading choirmasters and choral experts in Similar language is used in II Peter 3. In the Bleak Midwinter by Harold Darke arr.

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This page was last edited on 24 Decemberat Don’t show me this message again. The final verse shifts the description to a more introspective thought process.

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