Boosey & Hawkes New Publications Boosey & Hawkes Publication of the Month

Search Publications

FEATURED SERIES
Betty Bertaux Choral Series
Big Beats
Boosey & Hawkes Anthology Series
Boosey & Hawkes Contemporary Archive
Boosey Wind & Brass Method
Choral Music Experience
Complesso Barocco Edition
Essential String Method
Fiddler Collections
Grade by Grade
Masterworks Library
Microjazz
Musical Postcards
OEK (Offenbach Edition Keck)
Old MacDonald's Recorder Method
Orpheus - A Children's Musical (CD-ROM)
Schott Essential Exercises
Simrock Classical chamber repertoire
Singing Sherlock
Windependence
Spicer, Paul - Love is beautiful indeed (SATB)
description: SATB

ISMN9790060133619
ISBN9781784543075
PublisherBoosey & Hawkes (London)
Availability: Stock Title
Buy Now
[Find your local music shop]
[Audio Visual]




Sample Pagesfor mixed voices (SATB div) & organ
Text: English (Elizabeth Barrett Browning)
Duration: 3 minutes
Difficulty: 3/5
Use: General, Wedding, Love

Composer's note
This anthem was written for the wedding of Michael Leach and Hayley Carthy in Wellington Cathedral, New Zealand in 2006. It sets an extraordinary poem by Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1806–61), part of the tenth sonnet in Sonnets from the Portuguese. It begins unaccompanied with warm harmony but quickly moves to reflect the words ‘Fire is bright…and love is fire’, at which point the organ enters strongly to accompany the deeply impassioned central section before the mood relaxes and the piece returns to the quiet reflection of the opening.

Recommended recording: Come out, Lazar – The shorter choral works of Paul Spicer (Regent REGCD280) by The Chapel Choir of Selwyn College, Cambridge, directed by Sarah MacDonald.

Text
Yet, love, mere love, is beautiful indeed
And worthy of acceptation. Fire is bright,
Let temple burn, or flax; an equal light
Leaps in the flame from cedar-plank or weed:
And love is fire. And when I say at need
I love thee . . . mark! . . . I love thee – in thy sight
I stand transfigured, glorified aright,
With conscience of the new rays that proceed
Out of my face toward thine.

Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1806–61)
Sonnets from the Portuguese, no 10 (1847) (excerpt)

Paul Spicer
Paul Spicer is one of the UK’s most widely respected choral conductors. He studied at the Royal College of Music where he was a composition student of Herbert Howells. As director of the Finzi Singers, he made many recordings on the Chandos label focusing on his specialist area of 20th century British music, and he currently conducts the Birmingham Bach Choir and the Whitehall Choir in London. He teaches choral conducting at Oxford and Durham Universities, and at the Birmingham Conservatoire, where he also directs the Chamber Choir which has an increasing reputation through its regular recordings. Paul’s choral workshops take him all over the world and his English Choral Experience foundation runs choral courses in the UK and Europe. He has written biographies of Herbert Howells and Sir George Dyson and his compositional output includes the large-scale Easter Oratorio and Advent Oratorio, a choral symphony Unfinished Remembering, and The Deciduous Cross, a five movement work for choir and wind instruments, as well as many smaller-scale works.

There are currently no reviews for this product.

[Tell us what you think]
Mailing List

Sign up for news updates and offers via email

SIGN UP
Featured Composer

Leonard Bernstein

American composer who combined classical and jazz in works like West Side Story and On the Town

READ MORE