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The Collection

First line:
Now help us Lord, thy yoke to wear
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For many years I have loved singing Ives’s The Collection, which the composer wrote in 1920. I read once that a critic thought the piece to be a parody, or send-up, of hymn-singing. I find the piece to be a fascinating musical construction, with a dreamy, ‘way out’, Messiaen-like organ introduction (Ives writes ‘The Organist’ in the score), followed by a perfectly four-square hymn tune marked ‘The Soprano’, and ending with the ‘Response by the Village Choir’ at the repeat of the words ‘and love’s sweet law fulfil’. Ives weaves the rising motif of the introduction into a counter-melody for the right hand under the voice line’s ‘Lord, thy yoke to wear…’

from notes by Robert White 1997


Ives: The Celestial Country & other choral works
CKD203Download only
Sure on this shining night


Track 14 on CDA66920 [2'17]
Track 16 on CKD203 [1'52] Download only

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