Hyperion Records

Death be not proud
composer
2005
author of text

Recordings
'Burgon: Choral Music' (CDH55421)
Burgon: Choral Music
MP3 £4.99FLAC £4.99ALAC £4.99Buy by post £5.50 CDH55421  Helios (Hyperion's budget label)  
'Hyperion monthly sampler – March 2013' (HYP201303)
Hyperion monthly sampler – March 2013
HYP201303  Download-only monthly sampler   No longer available
Details
Track 15 on CDH55421 [3'57] Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
Track 6 on HYP201303 [3'57] Download-only monthly sampler

Death be not proud
Donne’s Death be not proud demands and receives a humble musical setting. Burgon’s anthem dwells on the transitory nature of sound itself, emerging from a single organ note to build a ‘pealing’ texture of sustained chords crowned by bell-like descending scales in the top treble part. The Nunc dimittis trio of organ, solo trumpet and treble is revived for the work’s brief central section, modified with the addition of a second solo treble to articulate the words ‘And better than thy stroke’. Death’s own mortality turns on a striking and sudden modulation, like an act of banishment, from a tonality implicitly rooted in F major to the remote region of E flat minor.

from notes by Andrew Stewart © 2006

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