Hyperion Records

The First World
First line:
The first blossom was the best blossom
composer
1992

Recordings
'Burgon: Choral Music' (CDH55421)
Burgon: Choral Music
Buy by post £5.50 CDH55421  Helios (Hyperion's budget label)  
Details
No 1: As the angels stood
No 2: Apple Blossom  The first blossom was the best blossom
author of text
Collected Poems

Track 12 on CDH55421 [3'14] Helios (Hyperion's budget label)

The First World
The mood is one of defiance at the opening of Apple Blossom. Louis MacNeice’s exquisite reflection on Adam and Eve’s expulsion from Eden is complemented by Burgon’s return to ancient precepts of composition. The text’s syllabic treatment and its initial division into short-breathed phrases recall the style, if not the sound, of early conductus, while the subsequent development of a recurring tune that migrates upwards through the voice parts from tenor to treble is reminiscent of a much-used medieval cantus firmus technique.

from notes by Andrew Stewart 2006

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