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Poetry in Music: Britten, Howells, Ramsey, Rubbra, Tippett, Tomkins ()

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composed by Benjamin Britten, Edmund Rubbra, Herbert Howells, Ivor Gurney, James MacMillan, Michael East, Michael Tippett, Robert Lucas Pearsall, Robert Ramsey, Thomas Tomkins, Thomas Weelkes, William H. Harris

The Sixteen, Britain's most popular small choir, generally offers performances of larger works ranging from the early period of English polyphony to the 20th century. But they've tried just about everything else at one time or another, so it's unsurprising to see them here, attempting to enter the territory of the English cathedral choir with a program of mixed anthems, madrigals, and part-songs from the Renaissance and the 20th century, with nothing in between. The rubric under which the program is subsumed, Poetry in ...

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  1. Faire Is the Heaven, for chorus
  2. Dance, Clarion Air, madrigal for chorus
  3. When David heard (O my son Absalom), sacred madrigal in 2 sections for 6 voices
  4. The Gallant Weaver, for a cappella chorus
  5. Since I believe in God the Father Almighty, for double chorus
  6. When David Heard
  7. Hymn to St. Cecilia, for chorus, Op. 27
  8. Motets (3) for chorus, Op 76: There is a spirit
  9. When David Heard that Absalon was Slain
  10. Take Him, Earth, for Cherishing, motet on the death of President Kennedy for chorus
  11. Lay a Garland, for 8 voices
  12. Motets (5) for chorus, Op. 37: Eternitie
  13. When David Heard That Absalom Was Slain, for 5 voices
  14. Bring Us, O Lord God, for chorus
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