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Let all mortal flesh keep silence

composer
published in 1925; SATB divisi unaccompanied
author of text
from the Divine Liturgy of St James
translator of text

 
Let all mortal flesh keep silence was published in 1925. It achieves its mysterious effect at the outset by using tenor and bass parts in octaves, followed by upper voices only at the words 'and lift itself above all earthly thought.' This high-pitched texture returns as the words 'the Cherubim with many eyes' chime out with a short, arpeggiated ostinato-figure in the bass part. The final dramatic alleluias lead to a restatement of the opening material with a dark choral accompaniment.

from notes by William McVicker © 1990

Recordings

Bairstow, Harris & Stanford: Choral works
Studio Master: CDA68259Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
Bairstow: Choral Music
CDA67497
Images of Christ
COLCD124Download only
The English Anthem, Vol. 1
CDA66374Archive Service

Details

Track 7 on CDA67497 [3'15]
Track 2 on CDA68259 [3'43]
Track 8 on CDA66374 [3'46] Archive Service
Track 1 on COLCD124 [3'16] Download only

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