Our Lady's song

First line:
Jesu, swete sone dere!
composer
1961
author of text
circa 1375

 
Our Lady’s song (1961) was commissioned for the Novello carol collection Sing Nowell and also appeared as the musical supplement of the September edition of The Musical Times in 1962. The Elizabethan Singers, conducted by Louis Halsey, gave the premiere on 26 October the same year at St Clement Danes. Maw was drawn to set medieval texts for his carols, because ‘I have always been interested in such old poems as I thought they were very genuine expressions of religious feeling of that time’. In this anonymous fourteenth-century poem, the Virgin’s lament to the baby Christ that he has been born merely in a lowly stable, amidst animals, and without clothes to be wrapped in, is set starkly throughout in two parts that at times imitate each other.

from notes by Andrew Burn 2007

Recordings

Maw: One foot in Eden still, I stand & other choral works
CDA67615

Details

Track 10 on CDA67615 [2'34]

Track-specific metadata for CDA67615 track 10

Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-07-61510
Duration
2'34
Recording date
14 March 2000
Recording venue
Exeter College Chapel, Oxford, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Nick Flower
Recording engineer
Mike Skeet
Hyperion usage