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The seven joys of Mary

First line:
The first good joy our Mary had
author of text

William Whitehead’s momentum-charged arrangement of The seven joys of Mary (2010) couches the traditional melody in jaunty, and symbolic seven-beats-to-a-bar form and the numerical symbolism continues as the voices build in volume and textural richness through the verses—one voice in the first verse, two in the second and so on—until the sixth, when we suddenly drop down to a quiet solo over held organ chords. Then all voices return, the organ dancing beneath, for the joyful forte concluding verse.

from notes by Charlotte Gardner © 2016


Christmas at St George's Windsor
Studio Master: CDA68281Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
Christmas with St John's
Studio Master: SIGCD458Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available


Track 18 on CDA68281 [4'22]
Track 7 on SIGCD458 [4'45] Download only

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