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Glory be to God for dappled things

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Pied Beauty

This setting of Gerard Manley Hopkins��s poem Pied Beauty ('Glory be to God for dappled things') was commissioned by the Rev Jim Bates, Vicar of Kingston, for the service in Kingston Parish Church celebrating the Golden Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II. The first performance was given by the combined choirs of the Kingston Parish Church and Twickenham Choral Society on the 2nd June 2002.

The Vicar particularly requested the use of Hopkins��s famous poem which celebrates all manner of Εdappled things��. It is a difficult poem for the composer (as are many of Hopkins��s poems) and a good proportion of the text is reflective or descriptive. The poem winds through a number of examples of dappled things: Εskies of couple-colour��, Εrose-moles all in stipple upon trout that swim��, Εfresh-firecoal chestnut-falls�� and so on winding down to a centrally peaceful section in which Hopkins writes of Εall things counter, original, spare, strange��. However, being a celebratory service, I wanted to bring out as much of that element within the poem as possible and so repeated the first three lines of the poem at the end as a lively dance, finishing with many injunctions to Εpraise him��.

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SKU 930036118876
Manufacturer BOOSEY & HAWKES
Last Updated 2020-09-22 12:45:24
Model Number BH13237
Lyricist Gerard Manley Hopkins
Series Contemporary Choral Series
Medium Octavo
Publisher Boosey & Hawkes
Format Choral Score
Composer Paul Spicer
Accompaniment Organ
Pages 20(07)
Production Status 2

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