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Swete Jesu

author of text
13th century

Swete Jesu (1992) was commissioned by King’s College, Cambridge, for the 1992 Service of Nine Lessons and Carols and first performed by King’s College Choir conducted by Stephen Cleobury on 24 December that year. The anonymous words date from the thirteenth century, Maw considering them a ‘very genuine and personal expression towards Jesus’. After the soothing warmth of the homophonic opening, the tenors take over the melodic line to the accompaniment of vocal melismas. Various voices then share phrases of melody, before the music comes full circle with the return of the opening.

from notes by Andrew Burn © 2007


Maw: One foot in Eden still, I stand & other choral works
CDA67615Archive Service


Track 13 on CDA67615 [4'26] Archive Service

Track-specific metadata for CDA67615 track 13

Recording date
14 March 2000
Recording venue
Exeter College Chapel, Oxford, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Nick Flower
Recording engineer
Mike Skeet
Hyperion usage
  1. Maw: One foot in Eden still, I stand & other choral works (CDA67615)
    Disc 1 Track 13
    Release date: January 2007
    Deletion date: October 2021
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