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And the swallow

First line:
How beloved is your dwelling place
author of text
Psalm 84

The composer Caroline Shaw was the youngest recipient of the Pulitzer Prize for Music for her composition Partita for 8 voices, and is also possibly the only choral composer who can say she has collaborated with Kanye West. Her music is renowned for its use of extended vocal techniques, the most basic of which can be heard in And the swallow, a setting of Psalm 84 which ends with the singers evoking the sound of autumn rains. Shaw spoke of how she was thinking of the Syrian refugee crisis as she composed the work; ‘There’s a yearning for a home that feels very relevant today. The second verse is: “The sparrow found a house and the swallow her nest, where she may place her young” which is just a beautiful image of a bird trying to keep her children safe—people trying to keep their family safe.’

from notes by Anna Lapwood © 2020


All things are quite silent
Studio Master: SIGCD642Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available


Track 7 on SIGCD642 [4'02] Download only

Track-specific metadata for SIGCD642 track 7

Recording date
5 October 2019
Recording venue
St George's Church, Chesterton, Cambridge, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Adrian Peacock
Recording engineer
David Hinitt
Hyperion usage
  1. All things are quite silent (SIGCD642)
    Disc 1 Track 7
    Release date: September 2020
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