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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. Darke: In the Bleak Midwinter (Christmas Carol): “In the bleak mid-winter frosty wind The Organ Works of Dr. Harold Darke / Organ of St. Michael’s Church. 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 (mid-winter, mid winter), Darke, Christmas

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. The Darke setting, written in while he was a student at the Royal College of Musicis more advanced. This Is Our Song: What can I give Him, Poor as I am? Darke served as conductor of the choir during World War II.

Christmas carols Poetry by Christina Rossetti.

Webarchive template wayback links Articles with hAudio microformats. For the film of the same name, see In the Bleak Midwinter film.

Problems playing this file? Also look here for the Holst version: 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 the Bleak Midwinter

I, however, turned it into an choral ‘only’ setting herebecause I mainly do vocal scores; it’s b,eak original. This page was last edited on 24 Decemberat Uploaded on Sep 22, What can I give Him, Poor as I am? From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. 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. The hymn is titled after Cranham, Gloucestershire and was written for the English Hymnal of Link to this page Embed on your site.

Similar language is used in II Peter 3. 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.

In the bleak midwinter (Harold Darke) – ChoralWiki

The holst version was intended as a congregational hymn. By contrast, Harold Darke’s setting was intended as a choral anthem, in which the first and third verses were given to soloists.

It’s there in his original score. Views Read Edit View history. Your download has started. The final verse shifts the description to a more introspective thought process.

What is the history midwinted this non-Holst setting, which now sounds vaguely familiar? That day will bring about the destruction of the heavens by fire, and the elements will melt in the heat.

The score can be downloaded in the format of your preference: Retrieved 26 November 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 blak tune.


The third verse dwells on Christ’s birth and describes the simple surroundings, in a humble stable and watched by beasts of burden. 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 Each verse is treated slightly differently, with solos for soprano and tenor or a darme of sopranos and tenors and a delicate organ accompaniment.

The heavens, even the highest heaven, cannot contain you. 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. Try again More of this, please? We use cookies on this site to enhance your user experience By clicking any link on this page you are giving your consent for us to set cookies.

In verse one, Rossetti describes the physical circumstances of the Bleaj in Bethlehem. It contains an organ part also. Retrieved from ” https: In verse two, Rossetti contrasts Christ ‘s first ni second coming.