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Sing, my soul, his wondrous love

author of text
circa 1800

Writing in The New Yorker, Alex Ross labelled Ned Rorem ‘an elegant anomaly among American composers’. Rorem’s early career might suggest the exact opposite. After studies in the United States with, among others, Aaron Copland and Virgil Thomson, he set off, like so many American composers before him, for France. However, a journey scheduled to last three months was extended to nine years, and in France Rorem developed an ‘austerely lyrical Franco-American style’ (Ross) that back home seemed anomalous or, at least, dated—an impression compounded no doubt by Rorem’s very long career. Sing, my soul, his wondrous love was composed in the South of France in the summer of 1955, but the music, a largely homophonic setting of an 1841 hymn from the Protestant Episcopal Church, is more likely to evoke memories of the Quaker services Rorem attended as a child. Like many hymn-tunes, Sing, my soul falls into rigorously observed two-bar phrases. Rorem’s artistry can be observed in his subtle reharmonizations of a hymn tune that is itself developed, with individual notes frequently displaced by an octave.

from notes by Martin Ennis © 2018


Locus iste
Studio Master: SIGCD567Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available


Track 2 on SIGCD567 [2'45] Download only

Track-specific metadata for SIGCD567 track 2

Recording date
19 July 2018
Recording venue
St John's College Chapel, Cambridge, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Chris Hazell
Recording engineer
Simon Eadon
Hyperion usage
  1. Locus iste (SIGCD567)
    Disc 1 Track 2
    Release date: April 2019
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