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Judith Weir

Publisher: Chester Music

Drop Down, Ye Heavens, from Above (1984)
Work Notes
Advent Prose is the former title of the work
Novello & Co Ltd
Chorus a cappella / + 1 instrument
Year Composed
2 Minutes
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Programme Note
Judith Weir Drop Down, Ye Heavens, from Above (1984)
This very short setting of a text associated with the Matins service at Advent was written in 1983 and first performed by the Choir of Trinity College Cambridge, as part of the very beautiful Advent Carol Service
held every year in Trinity College Chapel. The music has a plainsong-like shape (although not based on any real plainsong) and swells from unison to 8-part harmony and back again within a couple of minutes’ music.

Drop down ye heavens from above,
And let the skies pour down righteousness.
Comfort ye, comfort ye, my people;
My salvation shall not tarry.
I have blotted out as a thick cloud thy transgressions.
Fear not, for I will save thee;
For I am the Lord thy God,
The holy one of Israel, thy redeemer.
Drop down ye heavens from above,
And let the skies pour down righteousness.

© Judith Weir

  • Ensemble
    Choir of Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge
    Geoffrey Webber
  • Ensemble
    Siglo de Oro
    Patrick Allies
...Weir’s gift to her audience is to bring a fresh radiance to the old plainchant...
Peter Quantrill, The Arts Desk,12/12/2016
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