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Blessed city, heavenly Salem

author of text
Urbs beata Hierusalem
translator of text
Hymns Ancient and Modern 396

Blessed City, heavenly Salem exemplifies two characteristics of Bairstow's choral music: an attention to detail in his organ parts, and the use of a plainsong theme, in this case Urbs beata. Bairstow's music is a curious and fascinating mix of Brahmsian harmony with plainsong, Elizabethan and Jacobean musical influences. The bold opening of this work eventually gives way to unison passages for trebles, then tenors and basses. A short organ interlude leads to the climactic central section before a longer interlude heralds the final portion of the work scored for chorus and treble solo.

from notes by William McVicker 1990


A Knight's Progress
Studio Master: SIGCD410Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
Bairstow: Choral Music
The English Anthem, Vol. 1
CDA66374Archive Service


Track 2 on CDA67497 [8'11]
Track 7 on CDA66374 [9'33] Archive Service
Track 9 on SIGCD410 [8'33] Download only

Track-specific metadata for CDA67497 track 2

Recording date
14 January 2007
Recording venue
St John's College Chapel, Cambridge, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Mark Brown
Recording engineer
Julian Millard
Hyperion usage
  1. Bairstow: Choral Music (CDA67497)
    Disc 1 Track 2
    Release date: July 2007
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