In the Bleak Midwinter. Choir and Keyboard. Harold Darke. 1 l – + – ‘ m f. Earth stood hard as ir. SIIOW-. 9n. SnOw,. Snow had fall – en snow. . Him,. r r r. 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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But in keeping with his promise we are vleak forward to a new heaven and a new earth, where righteousness dwells” NIV. In the bleak midwinter”. The third verse dwells on Christ’s birth and describes the simple surroundings, in a humble stable and watched by beasts of burden.

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Darke also repeats the last line of each verse. What can I give Him, Poor as I am?

Christmas carols Poetry by Christina Rossetti. Darke served as conductor of the choir during World War II.

Darke – In the Bleak Midwinter for Brass Septet – Septura brass septet

The hymn is titled after Cranham, Gloucestershire and was written for the English Hymnal of Hymnologist and theologian Ian Bradley has questioned boeak poem’s theology: 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. The heavens, even the highest heaven, cannot contain you.

In the Bleak Midwinter by Harold Darke arr. For the mystery novel of the same name, see In the Midwinte Midwinter novel. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.


In the Bleak Midwinter. Gustav Holst’s tune, Cranham Four verses arranged for congregational singing. That day will bring about the destruction of the heavens by fire, and the elements will melt in the heat. 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.

Gustav Holst’s tune, Cranham. Webarchive template wayback links Articles with hAudio microformats. The concert makes a great appeal by the quality of the singing and the beautiful digital recordi The final verse shifts the description to a more introspective thought process.

Hyperion offers both CDs, and downloads in a number of formats. Retrieved 26 November Each verse is treated slightly differently, with solos for soprano and tenor or a group of sopranos and tenors and a delicate organ accompaniment. This Is Our Song: This page was last edited on 24 Decemberat 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.

Views Read Edit View history. Wikisource has original text related to this article: Retrieved from ” https: For the film of the same name, see In the Bleak Midwinter film. 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. October Total duration: Gramophone ‘This album provides a lovely programme of music.

In the bleak midwinter (Harold Darke)

The Darke setting, written in while he was a student at the Royal College of Musicis more advanced. The beak is also available in several languages.


From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. In the bleak mid-winter composer. 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 mid-winter Long ago.

Welcome to Hyperion Records, an independent British classical label devoted to presenting high-quality recordings of music tne all styles and from all periods vleak the twelfth century to the twenty-first. 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 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.

Similar language is used in II Peter 3. The Choir of Jesus College, Cambridge perform beautifully and the album contains a lot of wonderful Update Required To play the media you will need to either update your browser to a recent version or update your Flash plugin.

Please use the dropdown buttons to set your preferred options, or use the checkbox to accept the defaults. Don’t show me this message again. In verse one, Rossetti describes the physical circumstances of the Incarnation in Bethlehem. Problems playing this file?