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One of Britten’s most popular and performed works in this genre, Rejoice in the Lamb was written for the 50th anniversary of St. Matthew’s church, Northampton. and Rejoice in the Lamb (poetry by Christopher Smart, music by Benjamin Britten ) I am standing here under the “canon snuffer” today because. Rejoice in the Lamb, Op First line: Rejoice in God, O ye Tongues. composer. Benjamin Britten (). author of text. Christopher Smart.

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For the officers of the peace are at variance with me, and the watchman smites me with his staff. Samuel Johnson and other literary friends contributed pieces to help him meet contractual obligations. Update Required To play the media you will need to either update your browser to a recent version or update your Flash plugin. There were fits of madness or religious fervor, including sudden loud prayer in public places.

Setting excerpts from Jubilate Agno was a fascinating choice for Britten. It was published as Rejoice in the Lamb: This page was last edited on britfen Mayat Let Ithamar minister with a Chamois, and bless the name of Him that cloatheth the naked.

Retrieved from ” https: Smart was well educated, learning Latin and Greek and writing poetry as a young boy.


For the Mouse is of an hospitable disposition. He was admitted to Pembroke College, Cambridge, in and had considerable academic success as a writer and translator, winning prizes and scholarships. Although he was prolific, he was unable to support himself and his family in his style of briitten.

Rejoice in the Lamb has a duration of about 17 minutes. How sad it was that the arts had become largely divorced from the Church: Church and patronage in 20th century Britain: For he knows that God is his Saviour.

Benjamin Britten | Rejoice in the Lamb – San Francisco Choral Society

The sound these choirs make is of great beauty, and is captured in a flawless recording Let man and beast appear before him, and magnify his name together. A particular pleasure it was to renew acquaintance with Britten’s splendid Rejoice in the Lamb, which exemplifies his special flair in choosing texts for setting to music.

There is music here that has a deep poignancy in brittten most contemplative moments but it is delightfully boisterous and almost comical in the fast-moving sections. Let Balaam appear with an Ass, and bless the Lord his people and his creatures for a reward eternal.

Rejoice in the Lamb

Hussey wrote of the work. For I am possessed of a cat, surpassing in beauty, from whom I take occasion to bless Almighty God. Still today, 60 years or so after the first performance of Rejoice in the LambOp 30, it is striking how vividly and brilliantly Britten responds to the witty, idiosyncratic words of poet Christopher Smart. The Times of London, reviewing the premiere Since the midth century, scholars and literary figures have wondered what to make of Christopher Smart.


Cantatas by Benjamin Britten.

For the Trumpet of God is a blessed intelligence and so are all the instruments in Heaven. Walter Hussey and the arts. Britetn there is nothing sweeter than his peace when at rest. It begins with a hushed prayer that leads on to an invocation of a whole series of Old Testament characters sung to some thrilling, rhythmically taxing, music.

Rejoice in the Lamb

In he was arrested for debt, and imprisoned in the King’s Bench Prison, where he died, brittem Mayat the age of For this is done by wreathing his body seven times round with elegant quickness. For L is love and therefore he is God.

Don’t show me this message again. The text for the cantata is excerpted from a poem entitled “Jubilate Agno”, by Christopher Smart. For the brittrn are by their rhimes.