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Then I heard the singing
First line:
Then, her hands extended and her eyes fixed on the sky
2010; SSATBarB unaccompanied; commissioned by Rupert Gough and Royal Holloway Choir
author of text

'Hansson: Endless border & other choral works' (CDA67881)
Hansson: Endless border & other choral works

Then I heard the singing
Then I heard the singing was the result of a commission from Rupert Gough and The Choir of Royal Holloway to set a text by St Bridget of Sweden for the College’s annual carol service. St Bridget (Birgitta Birgersdotter) was born in the fourteenth century to an aristocratic family related to the kings of Sweden, was well travelled and later settled in Rome. Her hundreds of visions mostly concerned reform of the Church, and in many cases Christ and/or Mary gave Birgitta messages to be given to others. Shortly before her death, she described a vision which included a very visual description of the birth of Jesus. The image of the infant Jesus himself emitting light was to influence the way the Nativity was depicted in the Renaissance and Baroque era, painters frequently making this holy light the predominant source of illumination. Hansson takes an unhurried approach to this passage from St Bridget’s Revelations, pausing to reflect on key words using chords resonating with perfect fourths. Halfway through the piece the music changes key for the pivotal moment: ‘suddenly in a moment she gave birth’. From this moment the focus is on ‘light and splendour’ but these same shimmering chords return and hang in the air to bathe the end of the piece in ‘sweetness and beauty’.

from notes by Rupert Gough © 2012

Track-specific metadata
Details for CDA67881 track 3
Recording date
8 January 2011
Recording venue
Douai Abbey, Upper Woolhampton, Berkshire, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Adrian Peacock
Recording engineer
David Hinitt
Hyperion usage
  1. Hansson: Endless border & other choral works (CDA67881)
    Disc 1 Track 3
    Release date: March 2012
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