The main work is Parry's Songs of Farewell, completed shortly before the composer's death, and preceded by music from Holst (the Choral Hymns from the Rig Veda) and two part-songs
by Frank Bridge.
The final two chapters of the book consider Cooke's own compositions, discussing firstly his part-songs
and orchestrally-accompanied anthems, followed by two larger-scale secular works, The Morning Hymn and Collins's Ode.
A collection of madrigals and part-songs
at The Atkinson, Monday, August 7.
Chapter 5 mounts a similar defense of the eighteen sacred solo ballads and eight part-songs
, parlor genres whose popularity peaked in the Victorian period and whose often "morbid sentiment" (p.
Austern has interesting things to say about the importance of public and private spaces (that only the male head of the household had access to all spaces in the home, for example, and that the line between the home and the neighbourhood was extremely thin, necessitating firm mastery over the first) and about the disruptive potential of catches, or part-songs
sung in canon by three or more voices, a genre associated with men.
The public domain works include such pieces as Morley's April is in my mistress' face, Handel's Hallelujah, Amen (from Judas Maccabaeus), Mendelssohn's He that endure to the end (from Elijah), East's How merrily we live, as well as other madrigals and part-songs
like Elgar's As torrents in summer.
In atmospheric complement to Britten's piece, “Seven Part-Songs
for Female Voices and Strings,” by Gustav Holst (1874-1934) is an ethereal and deeply haunting work set to the poetry of Robert Bridges (1844-1930).
The Ilkley choir was formed in 1995 to specialise in mainly unaccompanied choral music, from Renaissance and Baroque periods, to modern, sacred, and secular music, madrigals part-songs
, and motets and anthems.
Their repertoire includes madrigals, masses, motets, part-songs
, glees, carols and the odd barbershop item thrown in.
Plainsong tunes, English folk songs, Victorian part-songs
, vigorous new compositions from the fledgling twentieth century, and even gospel songs co-existed, more or less peaceably.
Their programme always opened with "March of the Men of Harlech", followed by numbers from their printed programme ('Partial Repertoire: A Hundred Great Songs: Solos, Duets, Glees, Part-Songs
and Choruses'), announced by the conductor from the stage.
The 20-voice choir present unaccompanied music from five centuries - sacred polyphony from Tallis, Victoria and Byrd to part-songs
and folk songs from more recent times by such composers as Rachmaninov and Grieg.