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A Hymn to the Virgin
First line:
Of one that is so fair and bright
composer
9 July 1930
author of text
c1300

Recordings
'A Christmas Present from Polyphony' (NOEL2)
A Christmas Present from Polyphony
Buy by post £4.50 NOEL2  Super-budget price sampler — Last few CD copies remaining  
'Britten: A Ceremony of Carols' (CDA66220)
Britten: A Ceremony of Carols
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'Britten: Christ's Nativity & other choral works' (CDA66825)
Britten: Christ's Nativity & other choral works
Buy by post £13.99 (ARCHIVE SERVICE) CDA66825  Archive Service  
'Britten: Sacred and Profane & other choral works' (CDH55438)
Britten: Sacred and Profane & other choral works
Buy by post £5.50 CDH55438  Helios (Hyperion's budget label)  
'Journey into light – Music for Advent & Christmas' (SIGCD269)
Journey into light – Music for Advent & Christmas
SIGCD269  Download only   Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
'Mealor & Britten: … the flowers have their angels' (SIGCD366)
Mealor & Britten: … the flowers have their angels
SIGCD366  Download only   Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
Details
Track 13 on CDH55438 [3'20] Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
Track 10 on NOEL2 [3'20] Super-budget price sampler — Last few CD copies remaining
Track 8 on CDA66825 [3'17] Archive Service
Track 6 on SIGCD269 [3'18] Download only
Track 14 on SIGCD366 [3'53] Download only

A Hymn to the Virgin
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Britten wrote a considerable quantity of music during his school years, much of it ambitious and demonstrating a striking stylistic eclecticism. Much simpler in its understated poignancy is his well-known A Hymn to the Virgin, for double choir, composed on 9 July 1930 during an enforced spell in the sick-bay at Gresham’s School, Holt, when Britten was only sixteen years old. (This was his final year at school, and two months later he entered the Royal College of Music to study composition and piano.) In 1934 he deemed the piece worthy of publication but transposed the music down a semitone to make it more comfortable to sing and amended some of the harmonic progressions.

from notes by Mervyn Cooke © 2001

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Details for CDA66825 track 8
Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-95-82508
Duration
3'17
Recording date
21 October 1995
Recording venue
St Jude-on-the-Hill, Hampstead Garden Suburb, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Martin Compton
Recording engineer
Antony Howell
Hyperion usage
  1. Britten: Christ's Nativity & other choral works (CDA66825)
    Disc 1 Track 8
    Release date: November 1995
    Deletion date: November 2012
    Archive Service
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