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A cantata `Saint Nicolas` for tenor solo, mixed chorus, piano duet, organ, strings & percussion, op. 42 (Britten)

Benjamin Britten (1913–1976)

A cantata `Saint Nicolas` for tenor solo, mixed chorus, piano duet, organ, strings & percussion op. 42


Cantata for tenor solo, chorus (SATB), semi-chorus (SA), four boy singers and string orchestra, piano duet, percussion and organ, op. 42
Text: Eric Crozier (1914 - 1994)
Duration: 50.0`...Read more
Cantata for tenor solo, chorus (SATB), semi-chorus (SA), four boy singers and string orchestra, piano duet, percussion and organ, op. 42
Text: Eric Crozier (1914 - 1994)
Duration: 50.0`
Dedication: `This Cantata was written for performance at the centenary celebrations of Lancing College, Sussex, on 24 July 1948`
Includes two congregational hymns: `All people that on earth do dwell`. Words by W. Kethe, tune (`Old hundredth`) from Genevan Psalter; `God moves in a mysterious way`. Words by W. Cowper, tune (`Longdon new`) from Playford`s Psalms and hymns (1671).

Movements:
I. Introduction
II. The Birth of Nicolas
III. Nicolas devotes himself to God
IV. He journeys to Palestine
V. Nicolas comes to Myra and is chosen Bishop
VI. Nicolas from prison
VII. Nicolas and the pickled boys
VIII. His piety and marvellous works
IX. The death of Nicolas

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