Harold Edwin Darke (29 October – 28 November ) was an English composer and His famous setting of Christina Rossetti’s In the Bleak Midwinter is often sung at the service of Nine Lessons and Carols at King’s College. Harold Darke’s In the Bleak Midwinter, originally made famous by the Choir of King’s College, Cambridge, for SATB Choir with Organ accompaniment. Musical setting for mixed voices (SATB), solo soprano & tenor, and keyboard. Original setting includes soprano and tenor solos, SATB chorus, organ (or.

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This Is Our Song: Darke died in Cambridgeaged Hharold the bleak mid-winter Frosty wind made moan; Earth stood hard as iron, Water like a stone; Snow had fallen, snow on snow, Snow on snow, In the bleak mid-winter Long ago. Problems playing this file?

Gustav Holst’s tune, Cranham. The text of this Christmas poem has been set to music many times, the most famous settings being composed by Gustav Holst and Harold ,idwinter Darke in the early 20th century.

Benjamin Britten includes an elaborate five-part setting of the first verse for high harols combined with the medieval Corpus Christi Carol in his work A Boy was Born. The hymn is midainter after Cranham, Gloucestershire and was written for the English Hymnal of Harold Darke ‘s anthem setting of is more complex and was named the best Christmas carol in a poll of some of the world’s leading choirmasters and choral experts in Gustav Holst’s tune, Cranham Four verses arranged for congregational singing.


For the mystery novel of the same name, see In the Bleak Midwinter novel.

His first organist post was at Emmanuel ChurchWest Hampstead from to The final verse shifts the description to a more introspective thought process. In the Bleak Midwinter was voted the greatest Christmas carol of all time in a poll of choral experts and choirmasters that was published on 7 December Each verse is treated slightly differently, with solos for soprano and tenor or a group of sopranos and tenors and a delicate organ accompaniment.

In the bleak midwinter (Harold Darke)

In the Bleak Midwinter. Most of his other compositions that are still performed are settings of drke Anglican liturgyespecially his three Communion Services in E minor, F, and A minor; and his Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis in F.

That day will bring about the destruction of the heavens by fire, and the elements will melt in the heat. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Organist of St Michael, Cornhill bleaak Views Read Edit View history. In verse one, Rossetti describes the physical circumstances of the Incarnation in Bethlehem.

In the Bleak Midwinter

Darke would complain, however, that the popularity of this tune prevented people from performing his other compositions, and rarely performed it outside of Christmas services. In verse two, Rossetti contrasts Christ ‘s first and second coming. Views Read Edit View history. In the bleak midwinter”.

Darke served as conductor of the choir during World War II. Retrieved from ” https: The third verse dwells on Christ’s birth and describes the simple surroundings, in a humble stable and watched by beasts of burden. Similar language is used in II Peter 3. The Darke setting, written in blfak he was a student at the Royal College of Musicis more advanced.


Harold Darke – Wikipedia

Retrieved 26 November Wikisource has original text related to this article: This page was last edited on 24 Decemberat The heavens, even the highest heaven, cannot contain you.

It is widely accepted that the Cornhill Lunchtime Organ Recitals series begun by Darke in is the longest-running lunchtime organ concert series in the world; the series has flourished under his successors Richard Popplewell and the present Organist, Jonathan Rennertfrom to the present.

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In the Bleak Midwinter – Wikipedia

midwintet By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use haropd Privacy Policy. Darke also repeats the last line of each verse. Darke’s work as Conductor of St Michael’s Singers was crowned in on the occasion of the Choir’s 40th Anniversary with the first performance of a number of now well-established works composed especially for the occasion – notably “Hierusalem” by George Dyson and “A Vision of Aeroplanes” by Ralph Vaughan Williams.

Christmas carols Poetry by Christina Rossetti.