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The Herbert Howells Memorial Window, Gloucester Cathedral (1992) by Caroline Swash (b1941)
Photograph by Angelo Hornak, by permission of Gloucester Cathedral
Track(s) taken from CDA67914
Recording details: July 2011
Lincoln Cathedral, United Kingdom
Produced by Adrian Peacock
Engineered by David Hinitt
Release date: April 2012
Total duration: 3 minutes 7 seconds

A Hymn for St Cecilia
First line:
Sing for the morning's joy, Cecilia, sing
composer
for the Livery Club of the Worshipful Company of Musicians; first performed on 22 November 1961 in St Paul's Cathedral; SATB with organ
author of text

Other recordings available for download
Wells Cathedral Choir, Malcolm Archer (conductor), Rupert Gough (organ)
St Paul's Cathedral Choir, John Scott (conductor), Andrew Lucas (organ)
Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
A Hymn for St Cecilia, commissioned by the Livery Club of the Worshipful Company of Musicians to mark Howells’s Mastership of the Company in 1959–60, sets a poem in praise of the Patron Saint of music by Ursula Vaughan Williams as a three-verse hymn. The wonderful dancing-on-tiptoe nature of this piece takes its cue from the syncopated first vocal entry and each phrase finds increasingly high notes as the verse goes on. It is a classic ‘cumulative’ tune which carries the singer along on a tide of increasing emotional energy and leaves an impression of being a piece much bigger than its constituent parts.

from notes by Paul Spicer © 2005


Other albums featuring this work
'Howells: Choral Music' (CDH55456)
Howells: Choral Music
MP3 £4.99FLAC £4.99ALAC £4.99Buy by post £5.50 CDH55456  Helios (Hyperion's budget label)  
'The English Anthem, Vol. 4' (CDA66678)
The English Anthem, Vol. 4
'Hyperion monthly sampler – February 2014' (HYP201402)
Hyperion monthly sampler – February 2014
MP3 £0.00FLAC £0.00ALAC £0.00 FREE DOWNLOAD HYP201402  Download-only monthly sampler  

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