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Love came down at Christmas

14 October 2004
author of text
from Time Flies: A Reading Diary, 1885

Eleanor Daley’s beautiful setting of Love came down at Christmas was composed in 2004 for the Victoria Scholars of Toronto, Canada. The words are by Christina Rossetti, who published the poem without a title in Time Flies: A Reading Diary in 1885. A tenor soloist begins by setting out a largely scalic melody which is later developed over the course of the piece. The short interjections of ‘Alleluia’ tug the harmony in different directions, but the work persistently returns to its tonal centre, leaving a warm and comforting feeling.

from notes by Owain Park © 2019


Studio Master: CDA68299Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available


Track 17 on CDA68299 [5'29]

Track-specific metadata for CDA68299 track 17

Recording date
5 January 2019
Recording venue
Trinity College Chapel, Cambridge, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Adrian Peacock
Recording engineer
David Hinitt
Hyperion usage
  1. Christmas (CDA68299)
    Disc 1 Track 17
    Release date: November 2019
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