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Mater ora filium

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Originally an Irish folk-song, Mater ora filium was very successfully adapted as a carol by Charles Wood (1866-1926), using as a text some anonymous 15th-century words. It is not the only folk-song to have enjoyed a new life as a hymn or carol, a subject which Vaughan Williams covers in one of his essays. Indeed the distinctions between what we term folk-song, hymn and carol are often blurred. Born in Armagh, Wood taught both Vaughan Williams and Herbert Howells. Though best known for his church music, he also composed six string quartets, a piano concerto, a wind quintet, a violin sonata, secular cantatas, solo songs, secular SATB settings and many other instrumental and vocal works. The arrangement of Mater ora filium recorded here is by organist Harrison Oxley and is scored for 2-part treble voices (with optional solos) and organ.

from notes by Phillip Borg-Wheeler © 2020


A winter's night
Studio Master: SIGCD646Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available


Track 18 on SIGCD646 [3'34] Download only

Track-specific metadata for SIGCD646 track 18

Recording date
12 January 2020
Recording venue
Merton College Chapel, Oxford, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Isabella Gardiner
Recording engineer
Tony Faulkner
Hyperion usage
  1. A winter's night (SIGCD646)
    Disc 1 Track 18
    Release date: October 2020
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