Harold Darke’s In the Bleak Midwinter, originally made famous by the Choir of King’s College, Cambridge, for SATB Choir with Organ accompaniment.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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By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Gustav Holst’s tune, Cranham Four verses arranged for congregational singing. Retrieved from ” https: That day will bring about the destruction of the heavens by fire, and the elements will melt in the heat.

Darke also repeats the last line of each verse. In verse one, Rossetti describes the physical circumstances of the Incarnation in Bethlehem.

The mdiwinter makes a great appeal by the quality of the singing and the beautiful digital recordi Gustav Holst’s tune, Cranham. For the film of the same name, see In the Bleak Midwinter film. In the Bleak Midwinter.

Darke – In the Bleak Midwinter for Brass Septet – Septura brass septet

In the bleak mid-winter Frosty wind made moan; Earth stood hard as iron, Darrke like a stone; Snow had fallen, snow on snow, Snow on snow, In the bleak mid-winter Long ago.


The Choir of Jesus College, Cambridge perform beautifully and the album contains a lot of wonderful Darke would complain, however, that the popularity of this tune prevented people from performing his other compositions, and rarely performed it outside of Christmas services.

For the mystery novel of the same name, see In the Bleak Midwinter novel. Each verse is treated slightly differently, with solos for soprano and tenor or a group of sopranos and tenors and a delicate organ accompaniment.

In the Bleak Midwinter

Views Read Edit View history. October Total duration: Wikisource has original text related to this article: But in keeping with his promise we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth, where righteousness dwells” NIV.

Please use the dropdown buttons to set your preferred options, or use the checkbox to accept the defaults. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. In the bleak mid-winter composer. 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.

Problems playing this file? The hymn is titled after Cranham, Gloucestershire and was written for the English Hymnal of Don’t show me this message again. 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. The third verse dwells on Christ’s birth and describes the simple surroundings, in a humble stable and watched by beasts of burden.


The site is also available in several languages. Similar language is used in II Peter 3. Webarchive template wayback links Articles with hAudio microformats. Retrieved 26 November This page was last edited on 24 Decemberat 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 In the Bleak Midwinter by Harold Darke arr.

Darke served as conductor of the choir during World War II.

The text of this Christmas poem has been set to music many times, the most famous settings being composed by Gustav Holst and Harold Edwin Darke in the early 20th century. In the bleak midwinter”.

Darke – In the Bleak Midwinter for Brass Septet

Update Required To play the media you will need to either update your browser to a recent version or update your Flash plugin. Holst’s setting, “Cranham”, is a hymn tune setting suitable for congregational singing, since the poem mmidwinter irregular in metre and any setting of it requires a skilful and adaptable tune.

The final verse shifts the description to a more introspective thought process.