Relayed from the Park Hall.
The Society's Chorus in Unaccompanied Works
Conducted by Warwick Braithwaite
The Holly and the Ivy, In Dulce Jubilo
Marie Novello (Pianoforte) and Albert Sammons (Violin)
The words of this unaccompanied part-song are a translation, by D.G. Rossetti, of a fine thought of the thirteenth-century Guido Cavalcanti:-
Dishevelled and in tears, go, song of mine,
To break the hardness of the heart of man; Say how his life began
From dust, and in that dust doth sink supine;
Yet, say, the unerring spirit of grief shall guide
His soul, being purified,
To seek its Maker at the heavenly shrine.
Among Parry's most deeply-felt and nobly-wrought choral pieces are the Motets known collectively as Songs of Farewell. Of these we are to hear one - his seven-part setting of Donne's striking words:-
At the round earth's imagined corners blow
Your trumpets, angels, and arise from death, You numberless infinities of souls...
But... let me mourn a space.
For if above all these my sins abound,
'Tis late to ask abundance of Thy grace
When we are there...
Teach me how to repent, for that's as good
As if Thou'dst sealed my pardon with Thy blood.