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My dancing day

First line:
Tomorrow shall be my dancing day
composer
premiered in 2008
author of text

 
No genre better illustrates Bennett’s versatility and practicality than the large number of Christmas carols he has composed to suit professional and amateur singers alike. My dancing day, commissioned by Jerry Johnson and the choir VocalEssence in memory of Joann Catherine Johnson, was premiered in December 2008 at a VocalEssence ‘Welcome Christmas’ concert. The text of this Cornish carol, though first published in William Sandys’ Christmas Carols, Ancient and Modern (1833), most likely has a medieval origin. The speaker is Christ, describing the events of his life: the ‘dancing day’ is his birthday on Christmas Day. As many listeners will know, there is already a famous setting of this poem by Gustav Holst (This Have I done for my True Love, 1916), but Bennett contrives to banish memories of that formidable competitor with this elaborate and touching setting.

from notes by Malcolm MacDonald © 2012

Recordings

Bennett (RR): My dancing day & other choral works
SIGCD293Download only

Details

Track 1 on SIGCD293 [5'33] Download only

Track-specific metadata for SIGCD293 track 1

Artists
ISRC
GB-LLH-12-29301
Duration
5'33
Recording date
20 January 2012
Recording venue
Studio 1, BBC Maida Vale, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Michael Emery
Recording engineer
Susan Thomas
Hyperion usage
  1. Bennett (RR): My dancing day & other choral works (SIGCD293)
    Disc 1 Track 1
    Release date: July 2012
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