Files “cleaned” Nov/ Benjamin Britten. Hymn to St Cecilia. Here is a “clickable” Table of the available Midi Files for this Work: Either your browser does not. composition details, parts / movement information and albums that contain performances of Hymn to St. Cecilia, for chorus, on AllMusic. Benjamin Britten. Hymn to St Cecilia, Op – for five-part chorus (SSATB) with solos, unaccompanied (ca July – 2 April , Britten aged 28). Dedication.

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Britten uses this as a refrain throughout piece, whereas it is the last portion of Auden’s first section.


The Hymn to St Cecilia is as easy to hymh as it is to admire. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Email required Address never made public.

Choral Works; Operas for Children. A Festival of Britten. It’s beautifully sung, a wonderful recording that has introduced me to some pieces that I didn’t know’ BBC Music Magazine. The hard work is always worth it as a successful performance of this work is rewarding and memorable. Please enable JavaScript in your browser to use the site fully. The former brings welcome intimacy to the Britten Hymn to St Cecilia, while the latter powerfully propels Holst’s Psalm to its conclusion, albeit in youthful, fresh-sounding style.

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Benjamin Britten – Hymn to St Cecilia (choral version)

Jude’s in Hampstead and just had to get their new ‘Allegri Miserere’ album. Choral level of difficulty: The early ’40s were a difficult time for Benjamin Brittenwhose pacifist ideals led to an uneasy relationship with a British public fired with passion and fighting spirit in the face of World War II.


For a long time Britten wanted to write a piece dedicated to St Cecilia for a number of reasons. Photo by Olivier Haubensak.

While perhaps less familiar than those works, the Hymn to St. Cecilia, ceciloa, Britten begins to incorporate superficial gestures of this sort into a more truly choral style in which the vocal forces are frequently deployed in rich parallel triads. This is an outstanding performance, which reflects every expressive nuance in both poem and music’ The Daily Telegraph.

Auden was eventually asked and produced the poem in Britten began to feel rootless and increasingly homesick. The final refrain uses the familiar melody from the opening and brings the work to its quiet end through some challengingly low notes for second basses. AllMusic Featured Composition Noteworthy. Cecilia; Sacred and Profane.

Repertoire note by Paul Spicer. The most famous of these are by John Dryden “A song for St. In a sense these two works represent an end and a new beginning. Thoughts The Hymn to St Cecilia is as easy to love as it is to admire.

A Ceremony of Carols; Hymn to St. John Tavener’s affinity with eastern Orthadox chant is evident in his Song for Athene; Rachmaninov’s Hymn to the Cherubim is followed by Count Alexander Sheremetiev’s Now ye heavenly powers for men’s voices, sung in Russian.

According to Britten’s partner Peter Pears in “Ben was on a different track now, and he was no longer prepared to be dominated — bullied — by Wystan, whose musical feeling he was very well aware of. By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use.


A new recording of Britten’s enchanting choral masterpiece ‘Saint Nicolas’ celebrates years since the composer’s birth. This album explores the great wealth of music written for unaccompanied choir in England, France and Germany during the Romantic era and into the twentieth century.

Having said all this, it is perfectly approachable by an amateur choir of reasonable attainment providing that enough rehearsal time is allowed for its preparation.

Rejoice in the Lamb: War Requiem; Spring Symphony. In Hymn to St. If thou wilt ease thine heart.

Home Welcome to team BB! The medieval carols on the other hand signal the return to something fundamentally English, deep rooted, familiar, and conservative in the best sense.

Hymn to St Cecilia (choral version)

A Ceremony of Carols. Auden, written for Britten himself, and you have an briten concentrated, autobiographical piece. You are commenting using your Twitter account. Short as the solos are except for the first soprano one which is more extended and different from the bfitten ones they present issues which can test a less-confident singer. Perhaps he may have been said to have said goodbye to working with Wystan with his marvelous setting of the Hymn Anthem to St.