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Publisher: Chester Music

The World of the Spirit (1938)
Publisher
Chester Music Ltd
Category
Chorus and Orchestra/Ensemble
Year Composed
1938
Duration
42 Minutes
Chorus
SATB
Soloist
Alto, Baritone, Soprano, Tenor
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Programme Note
Benjamin Britten The World of the Spirit (1938)
The first performance was broadcast on Whit Sunday, 1938. The plainsong 'Veni creator spiritus' (Vespers hymn for Whit Sunday) is used in the Prelude to Part I, nos 6a-c and 6f in Part II and as the conclusion to Part III. Britten made a further setting of Hopkins's 'The world is charged' as God's Grandeur in A.M.D.G. The extensive original spoken texts have been abridged by Donald Mitchell and the work may be performed with or without these.


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  • Ensemble
    BBC Philharmonic / Britten Singers
    Conductor
    Richard Hickox
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    David Hill
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