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Soft music

First line:
The mellow touch of music most doth wound
author of text

Ernest Walker had a lifelong association with Oxford where he studied and later became Director of Music of Balliol College and whose pupils included William Walton, Charles Groves and Herbert Murrill. His Soft music, for six-part choir SSATBB reflects his apparent leaning towards the mystical in nature, and the brief text by the poet, Robert Herrick (1591-1674) suits his own simple, syllabic style, featuring seemingly elementary scales in thirds, unexpectedly thrown off course by chromatic and enharmonic shifts in a vivid illumination of the words.

from notes by Greg Murray © 2016


Music of the Spheres
Studio Master: SIGCD904Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available


Track 13 on SIGCD904 [2'04] Download only

Track-specific metadata for SIGCD904 track 13

Recording date
24 November 2015
Recording venue
All Hallows, Gospel Oak, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Adrian Peacock
Recording engineer
Andrew Mellor
Hyperion usage
  1. Music of the Spheres (SIGCD904)
    Disc 1 Track 13
    Release date: October 2016
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