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Beneath these alien stars

author of text

This little anthem was written on the 15th of September 2001, as a way of releasing my pent-up feelings of bleakness and despair after 9/11. I looked around for an American poem and found a work called Pioneer Woman by Vesta Pierce Crawford (1899-1983), a Mormon poet who was to figure much larger in my life a few years later. Thewords describe, as a lot of her poetry does, the feeling of being overwhelmed by a vast and inhospitable landscape. It is written for upper voices and organ, and has simple melodic lines which echo each other, accompanied by a limping, almost Baroque organ part.

from notes by Judith Bingham © 2009


Bingham: Remoter worlds & other choral works
SIGCD144Download only


Track 14 on SIGCD144 [3'45] Download only

Track-specific metadata for SIGCD144 track 14

Recording date
1 February 2008
Recording venue
St Paul's Church, Knightsbridge, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Michael Emery
Recording engineer
Marvin Ware
Hyperion usage
  1. Bingham: Remoter worlds & other choral works (SIGCD144)
    Disc 1 Track 14
    Release date: November 2008
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