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Broadheath (Elgar's birthplace) by David Birtwhistle
Track(s) taken from CDA66271/2
Recording details: March 1987
The Chapter House, Worcester Cathedral, United Kingdom
Produced by Mark Brown
Engineered by Antony Howell
Release date: December 1987
Total duration: 4 minutes 20 seconds

Death on the hills, Op 72
First line:
Why o'er the dark'ning hill-slopes
composer
1914
author of text
translator of text

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London Symphony Chorus, Stephen Westrop (chorus master), Vernon Handley (conductor)
Introduction
Death on the Hills sets a translation of some grim words by the Russian poet Maykov, concerning Death stalking a village looking for victims. In the second half of the song, the three upper parts sing ‘with a thin and somewhat veiled tone’ some repetitive lines representing the villagers. In the midst of this enter the basses, representing Death. They have not sung for seventeen bars, and their entry, although only marked mezzo forte, can be chilling if sung with the correct intensity. Although by no means the longest of Elgar’s part-songs, he told one of his friends that it was ‘one of the biggest things I have done’.

from notes by Geoffrey Hodgkins 1998


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'Elgar: Choral Songs' (CDA67019)
Elgar: Choral Songs
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