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Richard Rodney Bennett

Publisher: Novello & Co

The Shepherd's Carol (2010),
Commissioned by the Friends of All Saints’ Music, Northampton, for Lee Dunleavy and the Choirs of All Saints' Church, Northampton, in memory of Miss Valerie Travis (1918-2008)
Text Writer
Anon.
Publisher
Novello & Co Ltd
Category
Chorus a cappella / Chorus plus 1 instrument
Year Composed
2010
Duration
3 Minutes
Chorus
SATB
Language
English
Availability

  • Ensemble
    BBC Singers
    Soloist(s)
    Stephen Farr, organ/piano
    Conductor
    Paul Brough
  • Ensemble
    Choirs of All Saints' Church, Northampton
    Conductor
    Lee Dunleavy
    Regent Records:
Performances
Date
Title
  • 19 DEC 2010
    The Holly and the Ivy World Premiere
    The Shepherd's Carol World Premiere
    Bennett carols 2010
    All Saints' Church, Northampton (6:00pm)
    Choirs of All Saints' Church, Northampton
    Lee Dunleavy, conductor

Reviews
The words of The Shepherd’s Carol are those also set by Bob Chilcott: ‘We stood on the hills, Lady, Our day’s work done’, attributed to the prolific ‘Anon.’ – though it is sometimes attributed to Clive Sansom (1910–81). Bennett’s musical language in this piece, though still tonal/modal, is more challenging than his other pieces reviewed here. There are plenty of ‘footholds’, however: places where the singers can secure themselves because they come together and start off again on a unison, or simple chord. While Bennett’s unaccompanied choral music looks unpromising on the page and even if it seems little better when played through on the piano, it will nevertheless spring to life when sung as intended.
RSCM,9/1/2012
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