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The First World

First line:
The first blossom was the best blossom

The mood is one of defiance at the opening of Apple Blossom. Louis MacNeice’s exquisite reflection on Adam and Eve’s expulsion from Eden is complemented by Burgon’s return to ancient precepts of composition. The text’s syllabic treatment and its initial division into short-breathed phrases recall the style, if not the sound, of early conductus, while the subsequent development of a recurring tune that migrates upwards through the voice parts from tenor to treble is reminiscent of a much-used medieval cantus firmus technique.

from notes by Andrew Stewart © 2006


Burgon: Choral Music
CDH55421Archive Service


No 1: As the angels stood
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Track 11 on CDH55421 [2'06] Archive Service
No 2: Apple Blossom  The first blossom was the best blossom
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Track 12 on CDH55421 [3'14] Archive Service

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