Silence and Music

First line:
Silence, come first: I see a sleeping swan
1953; SATB unaccompanied; composed as part of A Garland for the Queen, marking the coronation of Elizabeth II
author of text

The poet, librettist and author Ursula Wood married Ralph Vaughan Williams in 1953 and in the same year Ralph set her poem Silence and Music as his contribution to ‘A Garland for the Queen’, in which ten composers and ten poets paid tribute to Elizabeth II in her coronation year. The dedication reads ‘To the memory of Charles Villiers Stanford, and his Blue Bird’, and there are clear echoes of Stanford’s haunting part song, with its soprano line floating above the dreamy, unresolved harmonies of the lower voices.

from notes by Rupert Gough © 2014


Hymns to Saint Cecilia
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Track 2 on CDA68047 [5'46] NEW

Track-specific metadata for CDA68047 track 2

Recording date
27 April 2013
Recording venue
All Hallows, Gospel Oak, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Adrian Peacock
Recording engineer
David Hinitt
Hyperion usage
  1. Hymns to Saint Cecilia (CDA68047)
    Disc 1 Track 2
    Release date: November 2014