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The night is darkening round me
composer
2005; originally for male voices
author of text
1837

Recordings
'Kõrvits: Kreek's Notebook' (CDA67968)
Kõrvits: Kreek's Notebook
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The night is darkening round me
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In her poem The night is darkening round me (written in 1837) Emily Brontë introduces us to a character in the first stanza who remains unidentified throughout the whole of the poem. All we know is that the voice of the poet is bound by a ‘tyrant spell’ which prevents them from moving. Kõrvits was immediately enchanted by this text: ‘It has a power and courage inside it. It does not leave you neutral.’ Originally written for male choir, Kõrvits later rearranged the work for mixed voices. Finding the text ‘dark, but somehow bluesy’, Kõrvits uses a mezzo-soprano singing ‘with a folk or even blues style’ as the narrator. Many colourful effects are employed in the choral parts around this narrative and the ‘tyrant spell’ constantly pulls the music back to the rather sinister harmonies based around C minor heard at the beginning.

from notes by Rupert Gough ę 2013

Track-specific metadata
Details for CDA67968 track 9
Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-13-96809
Duration
6'21
Recording date
23 June 2012
Recording venue
All Hallows, Gospel Oak, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Adrian Peacock
Recording engineer
David Hinitt
Hyperion usage
  1. K§rvits: Kreek's Notebook (CDA67968)
    Disc 1 Track 9
    Release date: July 2013
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