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Hyperion Records

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Saint Cecilia by Sir Edward Burne-Jones (1833-1898)
Photograph by Martin Cheung for Friends of Historic Second Church /
Track(s) taken from CDA68047
Recording details: April 2013
Rochester Cathedral, United Kingdom
Produced by Adrian Peacock
Engineered by David Hinitt
Release date: November 2014
Total duration: 4 minutes 14 seconds

A Song for St Cecilia's Day, Op 119
First line:
From harmony, from heav'nly harmony
commissioned for the 1973 St Cecilia service; SATB divisi with organ
author of text
opening of A song for St Cecilia's Day

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November 2014 Release

John Gardner—another composer with a distinguished career in education—was commissioned to write for the 1973 festival, perhaps following the huge popularity of his 1965 carol setting Tomorrow shall be my dancing day. Gardner sets the first section of John Dryden’s A song for St Cecilia’s Day with a long organ pedal and drifting ‘heavenly harmonies’ creating a stately atmosphere of reverence to the primordial power of music.

from notes by Rupert Gough 2014

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