I hope that I correctly remember that Gardener mentioned this hymn in the last week. It wasn’t part of my Methodist upbringing but I really like it. (More)
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The Economist had a tweet about this feature and I clicked on the article. “In the Bleak Midwinter” was written in in 1870 and rearranged in the early 1900s:
Historically, two primary settings of “In the Bleak Midwinter” have rotated through the repertoires of cathedral choirs, though both use the spartan 1870s verses of Christina Rossetti. The first, published in 1906 by Gustav Holst (the composer of “The Planets”), is a hymn based upon a simple folk melody with a major/minor chord progression; the second is a slightly more complex choral arrangement with organ accompaniment written by Harold Darke in 1909.
Over the course of a century, the song made its way from the pews of churches and choirs in concert halls to use in popular culture, where it has featured in episodes of Dr. Who and Peaky Blinders. Numerous performers from a range of genres – Annie Lennox, Cyndi Lauper, The Moody Blues, James Taylor, Renee Fleming and Rufus Wainwright, to name a few – have released their own recordings of the track.
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