Academic journal article The Hymn

Now the Heavens Start to Whisper

Academic journal article The Hymn

Now the Heavens Start to Whisper

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Now the Heavens Start to Whisper text, Mary Louise Bringle, Suo GAN, arr. Nicholas Palmer. GIA Publications (G- 683 5)

In the performance notes of this anthem, mention is made that the Welsh tune Suo GAN should retain the character of a lullaby. This lovely tune entered die larger popular culture through its prominent use in films (notably Empire of the Sun) in addition to being recorded by Bryn Terfel, Charlotte Church, and several Celtic musicians. There are optional string parts, or the accompaniments work well with organ and solo violin. If using a string quartet, arranger Nicholas Palmer advises having the organ tacet completely.

The text was written with Advent in mind; it also works well for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day; Mel Bringle mentions that she was drawn to Celtic spirituality's "thin places" - places where earth and heaven, or secular and sacred, seem to be in closer touch with one another than elsewhere. …

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