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Blow the trumpet in the new moon

First line:
Sing joyfully to God our strength
author of text
Psalm 81

MacMillan’s blazing ‘choral fanfare’ Blow the trumpet in the new moon was commissioned by The Bach Choir in 2016 to commemorate the 140th anniversary of its founding concert, being the first complete performance in Britain of Bach’s Mass in B minor in 1876. The composer writes:

It is a setting of some joyful lines from Psalm 81, evoking musical instruments and especially the trumpet. I used to be a trumpeter myself and I try here to fuse the sound of the brassy fanfare into a purely choral sound, unaccompanied and full of extrovert and bold figures and passagework.

from notes by Signum Classics © 2019


MacMillan: One equal music & other choral works
Studio Master: SIGCD575Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available


Track 1 on SIGCD575 [5'52] Download only

Track-specific metadata for SIGCD575 track 1

Recording date
29 October 2017
Recording venue
University College School, Hampstead, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Adrian Peacock
Recording engineer
David Hinitt
Hyperion usage
  1. Hyperion sampler - June 2019 Vol. 2 (HYP201906B)
    Disc 1 Track 7
    Release date: June 2019
    Download-only sampler
  2. MacMillan: One equal music & other choral works (SIGCD575)
    Disc 1 Track 1
    Release date: June 2019
    Download only
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