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A Hymn for St Cecilia
First line:
Sing for the morning's joy, Cecilia, sing
composer
for the Livery Club of the Worshipful Company of Musicians; first performed on 22 November 1961 in St Paul's Cathedral; SATB with organ
author of text

Recordings
'Howells: Choral Music' (CDH55456)
Howells: Choral Music
Buy by post £5.50 CDH55456  Helios (Hyperion's budget label)  
'Howells: Requiem & other choral works' (CDA67914)
Howells: Requiem & other choral works
Buy by post £10.50 CDA67914 
'The English Anthem, Vol. 4' (CDA66678)
The English Anthem, Vol. 4
Buy by post £13.99 (ARCHIVE SERVICE) CDA66678  Archive Service  
'Hyperion monthly sampler – February 2014' (HYP201402)
Hyperion monthly sampler – February 2014
HYP201402  Download-only monthly sampler   No longer available
Details
Track 2 on CDH55456 [3'17] Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
Track 4 on CDA66678 [3'14] Archive Service
Track 7 on HYP201402 [3'17] Download-only monthly sampler

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

Track-specific metadata
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Details for CDA66678 track 4
Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-94-67804
Duration
3'14
Recording date
1 July 1993
Recording venue
St Paul's Cathedral, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Arthur Johnson
Recording engineer
Antony Howell
Hyperion usage
  1. The English Anthem, Vol. 4 (CDA66678)
    Disc 1 Track 4
    Release date: February 1994
    Deletion date: March 2009
    Archive Service
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