In the bleak midwinter
performance time approx 3m 30s
Range S: a' – f'' / A: a – c'' / T: e – e' / B: A – a
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This atmospheric setting of the first two stanzas of Christina Rossetti's famous poem emphasizes the bleakness of the world into which Jesus came. A wordless opening section and plangent harmonies invoke the moaning wind and swirling snow. This wintry music is repeated to the words of the first verse, and then simplified for a more hymn-like delivery of the second stanza.
The recording is by Rudsambee Company of Singers and is available on the album Dies natalis invicti solis (RUBEECD001).
In the bleak mid-winter,
Frosty wind made moan,
Earth stood hard as iron,
Water like a stone.
Snow had fallen, snow on snow,
Snow on snow,
In the bleak mid-winter,
Our God, heaven cannot hold Him,
Nor earth sustain,
Heaven and earth shall flee away
When He comes to reign;
In the bleak mid-winter
A stable place sufficed
The Lord God Almighty,
Christina Rossetti (extracts from the full poem)
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