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A Christmas Greeting, Op 52

First line:
Bowered on sloping hillsides rise
1907; G major; boys' voices, violin and piano
author of text

On 8 December 1907, while they were in Rome, Elgar revived the two violins and piano accompaniment when he set another poem by Alice, A Christmas Greeting. They sent it home to Hereford for Dr G R Sinclair and his cathedral choristers who gave the first performance on New Year's Day 1908, The setting is for high voices, with optional tenor and bass parts and, like the Enigma theme, it is in G minor and G major. It contains a quotation from the 'Pastoral Symphony' in Handel's Messiah at the reference to pipers wandering far.

from notes by Michael Kennedy © 1987


Elgar: The complete choral songs
CDA66271/22CDs Archive Service


Track 6 on CDA66271/2 CD2 [5'26] 2CDs Archive Service

Track-specific metadata for CDA66271/2 disc 2 track 6

Recording date
26 March 1987
Recording venue
The Chapter House, Worcester Cathedral, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Mark Brown
Recording engineer
Antony Howell
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  1. Elgar: The complete choral songs (CDA66271/2)
    Disc 2 Track 6
    Release date: December 1987
    2CDs Archive Service
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