Hymn to St Cecilia

November 22 2013

Benjamin Britten was born on St Cecilia’s day a hundred years ago today.

Hymn to St Cecilia has words by Auden. Composed US, 1940-42. Text shown in clip. Kings College Choir, Sir David Willcocks.

His fiftieth birthday, fifty years ago today and the day of Kennedy’s assassination (last post), saw the publication of Tribute to Benjamin Britten on his Fiftieth Birthday, elegantly produced by Faber. Tributes by William Plomer, Imogen Holst, Ronald Duncan, Peter Pears, Yehudi Menuhin, EM Forster, Julian Bream, Aaron Copland, Francis Poulenc, Mstislav Rostropovich, George Malcolm, Kenneth Clark and others. Anthony Gishford, editor. 1963 was the year of the great Cello Symphony, of the Cantata misericordium, and of Nocturnal after John Dowland for guitar.

One Response to “Hymn to St Cecilia”

  1. davidderrick Says:

    The painting in the clip is Raphael’s The Ecstasy of St Cecilia, Pinacoteca Nazionale, Bologna.

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