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Behold a tender babe

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from In freezing winter's night

In setting extracts from In freezing winter’s night (Robert Southwell, 1561-1595), Mealor takes up a commission by the Hauser-Oberschneider family to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Summer Fields School. Behold a tender babe demands careful, rhythmic singing as antiphonal phrases between various combinations of voice overlap with a recurrent quaver anacrusis. Even at its loudest and grandest moments, Mealor’s setting never loses its gentleness, presumably as he recalls the birth of his own great-nephew (to whom the work is dedicated).

from notes by Richard Longman © 2020


Mealor: Blessing & other choral works
Studio Master: SIGCD613Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available


Track 6 on SIGCD613 [4'57] Download only

Track-specific metadata for SIGCD613 track 6

Recording date
6 May 2018
Recording venue
St Patrick - St Anthony Church, Hartford, Connecticut, USA
Recording producer
David Pettyjohn
Recording engineer
Scott Metcalfe
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  1. Mealor: Blessing & other choral works (SIGCD613)
    Disc 1 Track 6
    Release date: March 2020
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