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When Icicles Hang

SATB; Accompanied

A cycle of choral settings with words by Campion, Shakespeare, and anon.

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Duration: 19 minutes
Difficulty: Easy, Moderately Difficult
Published: 15 May 1975
ISBN: 9780193380738

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Secular music by John Rutter

The Cambridge Singers | City of London Sinfonia
John Rutter (conductor)

This album explores the secular works of John Rutter. Fancies is a cycle of six settings of Elizabethan poetry, described by the composer as ‘music for a summer’s evening.’ When Icicles Hang, another choral cycle with orchestra, is a winter piece, best known for its bitter-sweet setting of Shakespeare’s Blow, blow, thou winter wind. The Five Childhood Lyrics, for unaccompanied choir, take a group of simple rhymes and set them in a spirit of fun and fairytale. The Suite Antique for flute, harpsichord and strings, consists of six short movements ranging from a simple, classic ‘aria’ to an upbeat ‘jazz waltz’.

Track list

  1. Fancies: Tell me where is fancy bred
  2. Fancies: There is a garden in her face
  3. Fancies: The …

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