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Heav'nly harmony

First line:
From harmony, from Heav’nly harmony
composer
author of text
1687; A Song of Saint Cecilia’s Day

 
When Dean Close School approached me to write an anthem to celebrate the launch of their new, exclusively made and exquisite organ I turned to one of my remarkably generous ex-English teachers (especially since I failed my English Lit O’ level) to find a suitable text. These verses from Dryden’s A Song of Saint Cecilia’s Day (1687) couldn’t been more perfect—the mention of various instruments are easily expressed in the new organ’s many sublime stops and the drama of the poem ideally suits such a versatile and expressive instrument.

I would like to thank Dean Close for commissioning the piece, The Rt Hon David and Mrs Hicks Beach for supporting the commission and Alistair Langlands for introducing me to the delights of Dryden.

The piece is dedicated to Dean Close School and lasts approximately 6 minutes.

from notes by Roxanna Panufnik © 2017

Recordings

Tavener & Panufnik (R): 99 Words & other choral works
Studio Master: SIGCD519Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

Details

Track 2 on SIGCD519 [6'27] Download only

Track-specific metadata for SIGCD519 track 2

Artists
ISRC
GB-LLH-17-51902
Duration
6'27
Recording date
1 April 2017
Recording venue
St Augustine's Church, Kilburn, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Adrian Peacock
Recording engineer
Mike Hatch
Hyperion usage
  1. Tavener & Panufnik (R): 99 Words & other choral works (SIGCD519)
    Disc 1 Track 2
    Release date: November 2017
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