Harold Darke’s In the Bleak Midwinter, originally made famous by the Choir of King’s College, Cambridge, for SATB Choir with Organ accompaniment. There are two popular settings of Christina Rossetti’s In the bleak mid-winter— Gustav Holst’s, which appears in the standard hymnals and carol collections, and . Harold Darke’s nostalgic In the bleak midwinter has been a mainstay of the famous Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols (broadcast worldwide on Christmas Eve.

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In the Bleak Midwinter – Wikipedia

For the mystery novel of the same name, see In the Bleak Midwinter novel. This Is Our Song: In the Bleak Midwinter.

Hymnologist and theologian Ian Bradley has questioned the poem’s theology: Welcome to Hyperion Records, an independent British classical label devoted to presenting high-quality recordings of music of all styles and from all periods from the twelfth century to the twenty-first. Gramophone ‘This album provides a lovely programme of music. Webarchive template wayback darkr Articles with hAudio microformats. In verse one, Rossetti describes the physical circumstances of the Incarnation in Bethlehem.

But in keeping with his promise we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth, where righteousness dwells” NIV. Wikisource has original text related to this article: Benjamin Britten includes an elaborate five-part setting of the first verse for high voices combined with the medieval Corpus Christi Carol in his work A Boy was Born.


Holst’s setting, “Cranham”, is a hymn tune setting suitable for congregational singing, since the poem is irregular in metre and any setting of it requires a skilful and adaptable tune. In the Bleak Midwinter by Harold Darke arr. Darke would complain, midainter, that the popularity of this tune prevented people from performing his other compositions, and rarely performed it outside of Christmas services. Retrieved from ” https: The site is also available in several languages.

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This page was last edited on 24 Decemberat For the film of the same name, see In the Bleak Midwinter film. Harold Darke ‘s anthem setting of is more complex and was named the best Christmas carol in a poll of some of the world’s leading choirmasters and choral experts in The heavens, even the highest heaven, cannot contain you. In the bleak mid-winter Frosty wind made moan; Earth stood hard as iron, Water like a drke Snow had fallen, snow on snow, Snow on snow, In the bleak mid-winter Long ago.

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Gustav Holst’s tune, Cranham Four verses arranged for congregational singing. Views Read Edit View history. Rossetti achieves another contrast in the fourth verse, this time between the incorporeal angels attendant at Christ’s birth with Mary ‘s ability to render Jesus physical affection.


Darke, like several other composers represented on this disc, was a product of the Royal College of Music, studying composition with Stanford and the organ with Sir Walter Parratt, who had himself been a church organist from the age of eleven. Christmas carols Poetry by Christina Rossetti. Update Bleaj To play the media you will need to either update your browser to a recent version or update your Flash plugin. Xarke the bleak mid-winter composer. Darke served as conductor of the choir during World War II.

The third verse dwells on Christ’s birth and describes the simple surroundings, in a humble stable and watched by beasts of burden. Gustav Holst’s tune, Cranham.

In the bleak midwinter (Harold Darke)

Retrieved 26 November In the bleak midwinter”. In verse two, Rossetti contrasts Christ ‘s first and second coming.

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