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Blessed city, heavenly Salem

composer
1914
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

Recordings

A Knight's Progress
Studio Master: SIGCD410Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
Bairstow: Choral Music
CDA67497
The English Anthem, Vol. 1
CDA66374Archive Service
Hyperion monthly sampler – March 2015
FREE DOWNLOADHYP201503Download-only monthly sampler

Details

Track 2 on CDA67497 [8'11]
Track 7 on CDA66374 [9'33] Archive Service
Track 9 on SIGCD410 [8'33] Download only
Track 16 on HYP201503 [8'33] Download-only monthly sampler

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