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A Hymn for St Cecilia
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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

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Details for CDH55456 track 2
Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-05-49402
Duration
3'17
Recording date
24 June 2004
Recording venue
Wells Cathedral, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Mark Brown
Recording engineer
Julian Millard
Hyperion usage
  1. Howells: Choral Music (CDA67494)
    Disc 1 Track 2
    Release date: June 2005
    Deletion date: April 2011
    Superseded by CDH55456
  2. Howells: Choral Music (CDH55456)
    Disc 1 Track 2
    Release date: February 2014
    Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
  3. Hyperion monthly sampler – February 2014 (HYP201402)
    Disc 1 Track 7
    Release date: February 2014
    Download-only monthly sampler
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