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A Song for St Cecilia's Day, Op 119

First line:
From harmony, from heav'nly harmony
commissioned for the 1973 St Cecilia service; SATB divisi with organ
author of text
opening of A song for St Cecilia's Day

John Gardner—another composer with a distinguished career in education—was commissioned to write for the 1973 festival, perhaps following the huge popularity of his 1965 carol setting Tomorrow shall be my dancing day. Gardner sets the first section of John Dryden’s A song for St Cecilia’s Day with a long organ pedal and drifting ‘heavenly harmonies’ creating a stately atmosphere of reverence to the primordial power of music.

from notes by Rupert Gough © 2014


Hymns to Saint Cecilia
Studio Master: CDA68047Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available


Track 10 on CDA68047 [4'14]

Track-specific metadata for CDA68047 track 10

Recording date
25 April 2013
Recording venue
Rochester Cathedral, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Adrian Peacock
Recording engineer
David Hinitt
Hyperion usage
  1. Hymns to Saint Cecilia (CDA68047)
    Disc 1 Track 10
    Release date: November 2014
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