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I saw him standing

First line:
Under the dark trees, there he stands
author of text
translator of text

The words of I saw him standing are a translation, by Rowan Williams, of a Welsh hymn by Anne Griffiths. She was a farmer's wife without formal education, who died in 1805. She wrote a small number of hymns that are remarkable for their bold and extravagant imagery and sustained emotional density. The translation is not literal but is instead an attempt to create something of the energy of the original.

The words fall naturally into three sections and this is reflected in the music; the first and third sections are slow and sustained, while the middle section is fast and energetic. In the first section there is dialogue between the tenor and basses, and the altos. The sopranos' first entry is delayed until the words 'It will be Oh, such a daybreak.' The central section of the work is generally less chordal and more contrapuntal, with sometimes fairly thin textures.

from notes by Philip Moore © 2005


Anthems for the 21st century
SIGCD059Download only


Track 9 on SIGCD059 [7'28] Download only

Track-specific metadata for SIGCD059 track 9

Recording date
20 February 2005
Recording venue
Tonbridge School Chapel, Kent, United Kingdom
Recording producer
John H West
Recording engineer
Limo Hearn
Hyperion usage
  1. Anthems for the 21st century (SIGCD059)
    Disc 1 Track 9
    Release date: May 2005
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