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Antiphon op. 56b : (1956) SATB with Optional Solos and Organ (SATB Score) : Britten : SATB with Optional Solos and Organ : # M060013904
Antiphon op. 56b : (1956) SATB with Optional Solos and Organ (SATB Score) : Britten : SATB with Optional Solos and Organ : # M060013904


 
Antiphon op. 56b : (1956) SATB with Optional Solos and Organ (SATB Score) : Britten : SATB with Optional Solos and Organ : # M060013904

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Antiphon op. 56b : (1956) SATB with Optional Solos and Organ (SATB Score) : Britten, : Benjamin Britten : Boosey & Hawkes Sacred Choral Series : SATB with Optional Solos and Organ : Published by Boosey & Hawkes : # M060013904
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Antiphon op. 56b by : Benjamin Britten


for SATB with three treble/soprano solos (which Britten indicates can be reduced to one soloist or a semi-chorus) and organ

Text: George Herbert

Publisher: Boosey & Hawkes

Difficulty level: 3

This work was written for the centenary of St. Michael's College; Tenbury. As so often; Britten uses treble or soprano solos which he indicates should be sung preferably in a gallery apart from the choir. Ever the practical composer; however; he also allows that these solo parts can be reduced to one voice or be sung by a small group of voices.

The anthem is an interesting conception and its structure takes its cue both from the early part of Herbert's text which says: 'Praise be the God of Love; Here below And here above...'; and the end of the poem which says: 'Praise be the God alone; Who has made of two folds one'. It is this division into two which led him into the idea of two groups of singers. It is more than this; though; as the first group; the main choir; has two roles; the singing of energetic phrases in a quicker tempo; and the quiet response to a slower solo line. Having moved backwards and forwards between these two characters the choir eventually sings an uplifting 'fugato' which builds up a terrific head of steam with the organ part growing into crashing alternate hand chords and the pedals taking wing from the bottom to the top (literally) of the pedal board. A brief silence; and a chorale-like line subsides into a magical quiet ending where the three soloists sing triads to the word 'one' whilst the chorus responds with a lower triad on the word 'two'. The whole thing resolves onto a widely-spaced chord of F major and everyone singing the word 'one'. A slightly sentimental or glib touch? No; take it at face value after all that has gone before and appreciate Herbert's imagery. It is a wonderful resolution of the two elements played out through the piece.

As with many other such works; the Antiphon requires an accomplished organist. The choir also needs to be confident both in their notes and rhythm. This is a rarely performed work which should really be much better known and more often performed than at present. It is certainly within the grasp of a reasonably competent choir looking for less well-known music by a great composer.

Duration: 6 minutes

Paul Spicer; Lichfield; 2011

Sample Audio & etc.

Antiphon (performance excerpt)

On the recording

          PRODUCT INFORMATION

PublisherBoosey & Hawkes
Format SATB with Optional Solos and Organ
Pages16
Length x Width 10.5 x 6.75   inches
Shipping Weight0.13 pounds
East Coast Music Product Code ZHL48008875
UPC Code73999653496
Voicing DescriptionSATB Score
CodeM060013904
1st Publication Date06/2004

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