By Stephen Town
The rehabilitation of British track begun with Hubert Parry and Charles Villiers Stanford. Ralph Vaughan Williams assisted in its emancipation from continental versions, whereas Gerald Finzi, Edmund Rubbra and George Dyson flourished in its independence. Stephen Town's survey of Choral song of the English Musical Renaissance is rooted in shut exam of chosen works from those composers. city collates the enormous secondary literature on those composers, and brings to endure his personal examine of the autograph manuscripts. The latter shape an unprecedented checklist of compositional strategy and shed new gentle at the compositions as they've got come right down to us of their released and recorded shape. This shut examine of the assets permits city to spot for the 1st time circumstances of similarity and imitation, continuities and connections among the works.
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93–5), “None will be dreaming alone,” are dispensed via tertian harmonic progressions (B, A@, C, and E), rushing triplets, and a melody that in its vast range reaches from c#1 to b2. The raison d’être of festival works was their choruses, several of which in The Vision of Life are very fine. In section 9 (the fourth of the eight choruses), “The Empire of the proud ones passeth,” the march-like, haughty music, with its dotted rhythms and melodic embellishments (lento maestoso, ¦¼ time), underscores the text executed by the chorus in unison, homophony, and imitative writing featuring affective suspensions (pp.
The Dreamer Nearer they come, and ever more near! Of our own time they are, and here! And sweeping onwards in an endless stream, No longer phantoms of a dream. The form of each is clear! There a dear familiar face! There a friend long lost! A child, a loved one! Maybe there—myself! 29 30 An Imperishable Heritage: British Choral Music from Parry to Dyson A spectral shadow, Doomed to strive a little space And pass away. What help! is there no stay, No word of solace, Nor a word of greeting anywhere, To one left dreaming here alone?
A heaven dawned upon their way, Far off, and dimly dreamed, Encircled with a halo of desire; And they forgot the roughness of the road, The weary limbs, the parched throat, The blows, the scars, the tears, In watching far away a beacon in the sky. ] The Voices The Empire of the proud ones passeth, They strive with one another for the sway, And their reward is ruin. We watch them as we wander on, And it is nought to us! The world is brooding, and we go stumbling Through wrecks of ancient learning.
An Imperishable Heritage: British Choral Music from Parry to Dyson; a Study of Selected Works by Stephen Town