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James Whitbourn

Publisher: Chester Music

Winter's Wait (2010)
Text Writer
Robert Tear
Publisher
Chester Music Ltd
Category
Chorus a cappella / + 1 instrument
Year Composed
2010
Duration
4 Minutes
Chorus
SATB
Language
English
Orchestration
Availability
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Programme Note
James Whitbourn Winter's Wait (2010)
Winter's Wait was written for the choir of King's College, Cambridge, and is a setting of a modern poem by Robert Tear, a close friend whose death came just days before the present recording took place. Its melody shares its tonality with Peter Abelard's beautiful hymn O quanta qualia, but it bursts into the major for the final stanza.

  • Ensemble
    BBC Singers
    Soloist(s)
    Stephen Farr, organ/piano
    Conductor
    Paul Brough
  • Ensemble
    Westminster Williamson Voices
    Conductor
    James Jordan
    Naxos:
Performances
Reviews
The ideas and organ part are, as expected, simple and effective. The whole work has the flavour of a French Noël and will make good choral society material as well as being suitable for liturgical use.
John Henderson, Organists' Review,01/12/2011
[This] deserves to be popular. Through relatively simple means it evokes a haunting winter atmosphere transformed dramatically in C major for the final verse.
Rupert Gough, Choir & Organ,01/11/2011
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