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My musick shine

First line:
The shepherds sing; and shall I silent be?
author of text

The text of Richard Wilberforce’s My musick shine comes from the second of two poems entitled Christmas by George Herbert, and, in Wilberforce’s own words, exquisitely balances 'poignant piety' and 'intimate self-contemplation'. Texture is imaginatively explored to emphasise the meaning of the text: the opening homophonic 'wistful melody that lilts with the natural spoken rhythm of the poem' gathers momentum through increasingly polyphonic lines until it reaches the 'intimate and personal creed that the choir softly affirms in unison: We sing one common Lord'. The shimmering sustained dissonances that thread throughout the work reiterate the deep spirituality of the words.

from notes by Ghislaine Reece-Trapp © 2019


Now may we singen
Studio Master: SIGCD595Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available


Track 15 on SIGCD595 [5'07] Download only

Track-specific metadata for SIGCD595 track 15

Recording date
6 January 2018
Recording venue
Keble College Chapel, Oxford, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Adrian Peacock
Recording engineer
David Hinitt
Hyperion usage
  1. Now may we singen (SIGCD595)
    Disc 1 Track 15
    Release date: October 2019
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