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

Bairstow: Choral Music
CDA67497
The English Anthem, Vol. 1
CDA66374Archive Service

Details

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

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