Sweet was the song: from Make We MerryDe (compozitor) David Bednall
en Limba Engleză Sheet music – 04 Jul 2019
This is a lovely setting of these words, with a haunting opening phrase that returns as a 'rocked him sweetly' motif, appropriate for a lullaby. The harmonies have an expressive tenderness; each verse builds to a musical climax, but always restrained since, indeed, 'sweet was the song'. Warmly recommended for upper voices at Christmas.
David Bednall is one of the leading choral composers of his generation. He has an extensive freelance playing and conducting career, and is Organist of The University of Bristol, Sub-organist at Bristol Cathedral, and conducts The University Singers. He won prizes in Improvisation and Performance at the examination for FRCO, and has improvised on live radio, and performed extensively in the UK and abroad. He appeared as stunt-organist on 'Dr Who. He is most prominentas a composer, and recordings of his works have been extremely well received. A number of his works have been broadcast on radio, and he has been commissioned by St Paul's Cathedral, and The Queen's College, Oxford. His 40-part motet Lux orta est iusto closed the Bristol Proms 2015 and December 2018saw the premiere of Make We Merry for upper voices, brass, and organ, commissioned by Benenden and the recording of this has been released on Regent Records.