Harold Darke’s In the Bleak Midwinter, originally made famous by the Choir of King’s College, Cambridge, for SATB Choir with Organ accompaniment.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 . Print and download in PDF or MIDI In the bleak midwinter. Also look here for the Holst version.

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In the Bleak Midwinter by Harold Darke arr. Follow to get notified when SDG has uploaded new scores. Uploaded on Sep 22, Wikisource has original text related to this article: The site is also available in several languages. In the bleak midwinter”.

Your download has started. Similar language is used in II Peter 3. In verse one, Rossetti describes the physical circumstances of the Incarnation bleao Bethlehem. In the Bleak Midwinter.

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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.


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. Retrieved from ” https: 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.

The heavens, even the highest heaven, cannot contain you. Also look here for the Holst version: By contrast, Harold Darke’s setting was intended as a choral anthem, in which the first and third verses were given to soloists.

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Gustav Holst’s tune, Cranham. Darke would complain, however, that the popularity of this tune prevented people from performing his rarke compositions, and rarely performed it outside of Christmas services. To print parts, please upgrade to a Pro account first. Gustav Holst’s tune, Cranham Four verses arranged for congregational singing.

This Is Our Song: In verse two, Rossetti contrasts Christ ‘s first and second coming. But in keeping with his promise we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth, where righteousness dwells” NIV.

In the bleak midwinter (Harold Darke)

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I, however, turned it into an choral ‘only’ setting herebecause I mainly do vocal scores; it’s not original. Hymnologist and theologian Ian Bradley has questioned the poem’s theology: Christmas carols Poetry by Christina Rossetti.

The Choir of Jesus College, Cambridge perform beautifully and the album contains a lot of wonderful It has the unusual distinction of varying the melody from verse to verse, on which you can find a funny parody here, which combines the Holst and Darke versions.

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 Views Read Edit View history. In the bleak mid-winter composer. That day will bring about the destruction of the heavens by fire, and the elements will melt in the heat. Attribution, non-commercial, no derivatives.

Darke served as conductor of the choir during World War II. The holst version was intended as a congregational hymn.