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Richard Rodney Bennett

Publisher: Novello & Co

The Holly and the Ivy (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).
Publisher
Novello & Co Ltd
Category
Chorus a cappella / Chorus plus 1 instrument
Year Composed
2010
Duration
5 Minutes
Chorus
SATB
Availability


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  • 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 Holly and the Ivy offers an enjoyable alternative to the traditional melody. The modal inflexions of Bennett’s tune lend it a folksong-like quality. There is some nice metrical ambiguity between 3/4 and 6/8; sections in 5/4 and 4/4 time, plus occasional bars in 2/4, give further interest to the metre. All the voices divide at some point, though the writing is never in eight parts...an attractive and melodious piece.
RSCM,9/1/2012
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