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At the round earth's imagined corners
The English Metaphysicals, notably John Donne, have contributed a fruitful source of texts for Burgon’s choral music. At the round earth’s imagined corners shares certain overt elements in common with his later Nunc dimittis setting, exploring the effective partnership of solo treble and organ graced by trumpet fanfares and interludes. The work, written in the summer of 1971 for his Guildhall School trumpet teacher Bernard Brown and his duo partner Felicity Palmer, opens with a simple melodic exchange between organ and muted trumpet. Burgon swiftly unfolds the notes of a C major triad across the treble’s first entry, engaging the stability of one of Western music’s basic building blocks as foundation for his contemplation of ‘the round earth’s imagined corners’. A swift central section, cast predominantly in triple time, sets out the catalogue of man’s mortality and God’s permanence. Purcell’s ghost appears to hover approvingly over the lean, penitential closing treatment of ‘here on this lowly ground’.

from notes by Andrew Stewart 2006

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Details for CDH55421 track 1
Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-06-56701
Duration
4'49
Recording date
23 February 2006
Recording venue
Wells Cathedral, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Mark Brown
Recording engineer
Julian Millard
Hyperion usage
  1. Burgon: Choral Music (CDA67567)
    Disc 1 Track 1
    Release date: November 2006
    Deletion date: March 2010
    Superseded by CDH55421
  2. Burgon: Choral Music (CDH55421)
    Disc 1 Track 1
    Release date: March 2013
    Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
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