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Drop down, ye heavens, from above

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Advent Prose: Rorate, caeli

 
Weir’s minimalist harmonies and thin texture at the opening of Drop down, ye heavens, from above represent the desperate longing of the prophets for their Messiah. These musical features abruptly alter when God passionately declares that His Son is coming: fortissimo, 8-part chords covering a large pitch range explode, highlighting the passionate, powerful nature of the Lord’s promise. Throughout this work, Weir also cleverly weaves in flowing plainsong-esque melodies.

from notes by Ghislaine Reece-Trapp © 2019

Recordings

A Ceremony of Carols
Studio Master: SIGCD627Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
Now may we singen
Studio Master: SIGCD595Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

Details

Track 2 on SIGCD595 [2'00] Download only
Track 1 on SIGCD627 [1'49] Download only

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