Britten B – A Hymn to the Virgin. Composer: Benjamin Britten () Lord, thou hast been our refuge; Hymns , ; Preacher: The Rev’d Lucy Winkett. Britten’s A Hymn to the Virgin, an anthem for mixed voices, is a popular work amongst choirs. A lyrical melody and effective refrain sung by a semi-chorus. In writing this blog entry I picked three random books on Britten to see what was written on the Hymn to the Virgin, and was shocked to discover.

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The anonymous text was taken out of the Oxford Book bejamin English Verse, which was readily available to Britten at Gresham’s.

Both of the pieces were composed prior to the completion of Britten ‘s first opus, Sinfonietta for chamber orchestra Subscribe to comments feed. I Sing of a Maiden: Christmas with the Cincinnati May Festival Chorus.


These antiphonal effects make the work Britten ‘s closest to traditional English devotional music. A Ceremony of Carols. The wise ones, who sensed the moment of Jesus’ birth, represent the best of us all in the world. Choral Edition, Volume 1.

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On Being a Craftsman or Artist? I had thought until recently that my favourite works of his were the wonderfully inventive Nocturne for tenor, strings and obbligato instruments or the paired-down genius of the church parable Curlew Riverbut I have recently been reassessing my judgement and decided that my favourite work is one of the earliest — A Hymmn to the Virgin. Directors, however, have to remember that while this might work in the first two verses, in the last verse the two groups sing together and have to balance to some degree.

Benjamin Britten, Paul Mealor. The text that Britten uses is by an anonymous poet and probably dates from about The Choir of Jesus College, Cambridge perform beautifully and the album contains a lot of wonderful Rejoice in the Lamb, etc.


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Adobe Flash Player version 9 or above is required to play this audio clip. Drinking Hanging Out In Love. Sweet Was the Song: A Hymn to the Virgin. I would have thought this small but beautifully formed masterpiece would be worth a few more sentences? Always make sure that the semi-chorus can see the conductor! Britten war damals erst sechzehn Jahre alt. In Celebration of Christmas. In he deemed the piece worthy of publication but transposed the music down a semitone to make it more comfortable to sing and amended some of the harmonic progressions.

Britten standing third row, sixth from left, in a Farfield House group photo in July Rainy Day Relaxation Road Trip. Cantor Schedule Sunday —January 13,