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Music 'An ode'

First line:
Was it light that spake from the darkness
author of text

Algernon Charles Swinburne (1837-1909) is often associated with a rebellion against the conservative values of his time. In Music: An ode, Swinburne employs vibrant imagery, assonance and alliteration, and complex speech rhythms. Parry rises to the challenge of the theatrical nature of the text and, in this commissioned work (first performed by the Portrait Choir, resident choir at the National Portrait Gallery) he imaginatively incorporates aleatoric sections which enable the choir to move from gallery to gallery.

from notes by Richard Longman © 2020


Parry: The Hours - Choral Music by Ben Parry
Studio Master: SIGCD629Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available


Track 5 on SIGCD629 [2'53] Download only

Track-specific metadata for SIGCD629 track 5

Recording date
29 March 2019
Recording venue
Keble College Chapel, Oxford, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Ben Parry
Recording engineer
Dave Rowell & David Hinitt
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  1. Parry: The Hours - Choral Music by Ben Parry (SIGCD629)
    Disc 1 Track 5
    Release date: May 2020
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