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Nunc Dimittis – Huw Morgan (2015)

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January 22, 2016

A setting of the Nunc Dimittis (Luke 2: 29-32) in English by Huw Morgan. Sung here by the Merbecke Choir of Southwark Cathedral.
This work is published by Firehead Editions: http://fireheadeditions.com/downloads...
Photograph of Muckross Abbey, Ireland, by the composer.
www.huwmorgantheorgan.com
www.merbecke.org.uk

Enjoy :-).

mfi

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Sweet Day (Vertue) – Ralph Vaughan Williams

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January 18, 2016

George Herbert

Vaughan Williams' setting of George Herbert's poem "Vertue". This performance is by the Merbecke Choir of Southwark Cathedral, directed by Huw Morgan, at an event hosted by Poet in the City dedicated to the life and works of George Herbert.

Sweet day, so cool, so calm, so bright,
The bridall of the earth and skie:
The dew shall weep thy fall to night; For thou must die.

Sweet rose, whose hue angrie and brave
Bids the rash gazer wipe his eye:
Thy root is ever in its grave And thou must die.

Sweet spring, full of sweet dayes and roses,
A box where sweets compacted lie;
My musick shows ye have your closes, And all must die.

Onely a sweet and vertuous soul,
Like season'd timber, never gives;
But though the whole world turn to coal, Then chiefly lives.

www.merbecke.org.uk
www.poetinthecity.co.uk

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mfi

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William Byrd (±1539-1623): Factus Est Repente – Merbecke Choir

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January 16, 2016

Factus Est Repente, by William Byrd - a communion motet for Pentecost, from Byrd's Gradualia II, 1607, number 35.

This performance is by the Merbecke Choir, directed by Huw Morgan, at Southwark Cathedral on 20 November 2012, as part of a poetry evening hosted by the Poet Laureate, Carol Ann Duffy.
Photos by Marcos Avlonitis.

Enjoy :-)

mfi

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Christopher Tye (±1505 – 1573): Nunc dimittis – Merbecke Choir

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November 10, 2015

Southwark Cathedral Reredos

A live performance of Christopher Tye's Nunc Dimittis, given by the Merbecke Choir of Southwark Cathedral, directed by Huw Morgan.

Whenever I'm visiting London I always make a point of visiting South London's, Southwark Cathedral, the building is well worth a visit in its own right and the cathedral has a fine choral tradition of which the Merbecke Choir is a new and vibrant part. The choir was founded in 2004 it is primarily intended for boys and girls who leave the cathedral choirs but want to continue singing. Merbecke choir members receive expert tuition and broaden their repertoire. They sing Compline on the 4th Sunday of each month at 6.30pm and perform a seasonal concert of music in each of the terms as well as singing for for livery companies in the City of London and for other organisations. They're a good choir as I think you'll agree once you've heard their performance of Tye's Nunc Dimittis below.

I'm an unabashed fan of Tye's music and find his setting of Nunc Dimittis interesting both for its music and for historical reasons. The text that he set isn't the standard one it seems to be an amalgam of texts chiefly from 1533 and 1539 while the music itself seems to me be early Tye. Jeremy Summerly says that it dates from Tye's time in Cambridge which as Tye received his doctorate in 1545 means it must date from some time between 1540 and 1545. Stylistically it's a bit of a mix 'em gather 'em in that it makes heavy use Continental style imitation but the harmonisations and the way in which the text is set are, as Summerly put it 'quintessentially English'. Enjoy :-)

mfi

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