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Giles Swayne

Publisher: Novello & Co

The Coventry Carol (2005), 77/4
Work Notes
Published alongside 'Starlight' (1981), 'The two Nowells' (1999) and 'Joseph's Carol' (2005) as 'Four Christmas Carols' Op. 77
Text Writer
anon. 16th century
Publisher
Novello & Co Ltd
Category
Chorus a cappella / Chorus plus 1 instrument
Year Composed
2005
Duration
3 Minutes
Chorus
SATB
Language
English
Orchestration
Alternate Orchestration
Harp; SATB
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Performances
Date
Title
  • 14 DEC 2010
    St John's Smith Square, London
    Choir of Clare College, Cambridge
    Graham Ross, conductor
  • 01 DEC 2010
    Clare College, Cambridge
    Choir of Clare College, Cambridge
    Graham Ross, conductor

Reviews
As one would expect this is a demanding work, calling for experienced, confident singers to cope with it frequent dissonance and rhythmic complexity and requirement for ululation. It is an arresting setting of this dramatic text, with the middle verse characterised by unremitting dissonance, its effect emphasised by performance directions including 'brual' and 'savage'. This gradually subsides and the dissonace becomes less harsh, as the harp closes the piece with wn ehterel ascending figure.
Martin Clarke, Organists Review,8/1/2011
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