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The wings of the wind

First line:
He came flying upon the wings of the wind
composer
2015; S solo + SSAATTBB; composed for Stephen Layton and Trinity College Choir Cambridge
author of text
various Psalm verses

 
This bright, extrovert piece was written for Trinity College Choir’s 2015 USA tour. A choir on tour, by tradition, is allowed to show off a little, and The wings of the wind has an engagingly ice-breaking, here-we-are-folks character that would have worked well as a recital opener. The text is a collage of individual Psalm verses compiled to invite vivid word painting and an arch-like musical structure with the opening and closing sections fast and rhythmic, and a more reflective central section containing an expressive soprano solo (starting with the words ‘For I will consider thy heavens’) which, perhaps in homage to the choir’s American hosts, seems distantly inspired by Gershwin’s Summertime.

from notes by John Rutter © 2018

Recordings

Park: Choral works
Studio Master: CDA68191Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

Details

Track 1 on CDA68191 [5'12]

Track-specific metadata for CDA68191 track 1

Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-18-19101
Duration
5'12
Recording date
7 July 2017
Recording venue
Trinity College Chapel, Cambridge, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Adrian Peacock
Recording engineer
David Hinitt
Hyperion usage
  1. Park: Choral works (CDA68191)
    Disc 1 Track 1
    Release date: September 2018
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