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Bethlehem Down

First line:
When he is King we will give him the King's gifts
composer
author of text

 
Peter Warlock was the pseudonym of the composer, critic and writer Philip Heseltine (1894–1930). His interest in music was encouraged during his schooldays at Eton, and a high point of his early life was his introduction to Delius by an uncle who lived near Grez-sur-Loing. He came under the influence also of Bernard van Dieren and in 1920 he edited the musical journal, The Sackbut. He is best known for his songs and for the Capriol suite for strings, the latter based on dances from Arbeau’s Orchésographie. Bethlehem Down is a flowing strophic carol, to be sung unaccompanied. The dynamics reflect the changing moods of the text.

from notes by Wadham Sutton © 1993

Recordings

A Choral Christmas
Studio Master: SIGCD257Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
A Christmas Present from Polyphony
NOEL2Super-budget price sampler — Download only
Adeste fideles
CDA66668
Christmas with The King's Singers
SIGCD502Download only
Journey into light – Music for Advent & Christmas
Studio Master: SIGCD269Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
O magnum misterium
CDA66925Archive Service
Voces 8 Christmas
Studio Master: SIGCD291Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

Details

Track 14 on CDA66668 [4'11]
Track 9 on CDA66925 [4'26] Archive Service
Track 14 on NOEL2 [4'26] Super-budget price sampler — Download only
Track 16 on SIGCD502 [3'59] Download only
Track 18 on SIGCD257 [5'12] Download only
Track 19 on SIGCD269 [4'03] Download only
Track 14 on SIGCD291 [4'34] Download only

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